Environmental Issues Seminars – Spring 2023

Join us for fifteen free seminars on some of the biggest environmental issues challenging us today. Topics range from Water Quality in Long Island Sound, Global Climate Change in Connecticut, Natural History of Connecticut Owls, Molecular Analysis of Cannabis (Marijuana) and so many more and are taught by a range of experts in their fields. Seminars are held in room C101 at Three Rivers Community College on Wednesdays, from 6:00-8:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to arrive promptly by 6:00 p.m.

(Note: Environmental Issues Seminar (ENV K295 and BIO 289 are the same class) can also be taken as a 3-credit college course. Call 860-215-9016 for more information.)

A full list of seminars and lecturers is included below:

  1. 25thDr. John Lane, United States Geological Survey (USGS) – Water resources in the developing world: volunteering to help supply water for those without.
  2. Feb. 1stDr. Gary Robbins, Professor of Hydrogeology UConn – What we can learn from the water systems of ancient Rome.
  3. 8thDr. Jordan Bishop, New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) – Water quality in Long Island Sound.
  4. 15thCorrie Folsom-O’Keefe, Audubon Connecticut ­– Coastal bird conservation across Connecticut.
  5. 22ndDr. Gerry Berkowitz, Professor of Plant Sciences UConn – Molecular Analysis of Trichome Development and the Cannabinoid Flowers: How to increase THC production?
  6. 1stDr. James O’Donnell, Professor of Marine Science UConn, Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation(CIRCA). Global climate change abroad and in Connecticut, and what can we do about it.
  7. 8thDr. Tom Meyer, Professor of Geomatics, UConn – Using GPS to reveal the secret lives of mountain lions.
  8. 22ndDr. Morty Ortega, Professor Natural Recourses & Environment, UConn – Social behavior and evolution of South American Camelids.
  9. 29th – Kim Hargrave, Director of Education Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center – Natural history of owls of Connecticut.
  10. April 5thGreg Bugbee and Summer Stebbins, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station – Invasive aquatic plants in Connecticut’s lakes, rivers, and ponds.
  11. April 12thHank Gruner, Author, Herpetologist, Retired VP of Programs, Connecticut Science Center, Hartford – Conservation of amphibians and reptiles in Connecticut.
  12. April 19th Christian Bruckner, Professor & Head of Chemistry, UConn – A whirlwind tour through the Periodic Table of elements from an environmental chemistry Perspective.
  13. April 26thBob Russo CLA Engineers, Soil Scientist, ­– Sedimentation and erosion control on solar energy sites: creative solutions.
  14. May 3rd William Ouimet, Associate Professor of Geography, UConn Sediment Coring Facility– Geological and environmental analysis of rivers, lakes, reservoirs, wetlands & estuaries in Connecticut.
  15. May 10thKevin Franklin, TRCC Environmental Engineering Technology Adjunct Professor, Licensed Land Surveyor – Surveying the Earth! Using GIS and drones for surveying.

Click here to see a poster of these seminars

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