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Connecticut Conference on Natural Resources set for March 10

by Richard Veilleux - February 25, 2008

The second annual Connecticut Conference on Natural Resources will be held March 10 at the Student Union, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a poster session from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m.

The conference is intended as a forum to bring together the conservation and environmental community interested in Connecticut’s natural resources, says Jason Vokoun, an assistant professor of natural resources management and engineering who is conference co-chair.

The conference will feature a mix of professional, technical, and informal forums throughout the day. The plenary speaker is Gary Yohe, Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics at Wesleyan University and a senior member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

His address, “Climate Change in Connecticut: Global Perspectives and Local Vulnerabilities,” will open the conference.

Later in the day, a keynote speaker, Trevor Corson, author of The Secret Life of Lobsters, will give a presentation titled “Sexy Lobster, Succulent Fish: Is There a Future for Seafood?”

The event will also include presentations and poster sessions on topics such as conservation at the community level; “green” and sustainable environmental engineering; natural resource inventories and classification of ecosystems; urban natural resource management; and preparing for a changing climate.

The conference is open to the public as well as members of the University community.

“We encourage people from various disciplines to attend,” says associate professor Glenn Warner, director of the Connecticut Institute of Water Resources and conference co-chair.

Visit the conference web site for more information. Link: Conference website

The event is hosted by the Department of Natural Resources Management and Engineering. Additional sponsors are The Nature Conservancy, the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, and three UConn centers: The Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Connecticut Institute of Water Resources, and the Center for Land Use Education and Research.

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