Natural Resources, Law & GIS Faculty

Who teaches Master's of Environmental Management Online Courses?

 

Image of Online Environmental Master's Degree Faculty Member and Course Instructor Dr. Chadwick Rittenhouse smiling in a brown suit in front of a UConn backdrop.

Dr. Chadwick Rittenhouse, Director of MEEM Program, Coordinator of the SEPM Program, and Associate Professor in Residence in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment
chadwick.rittenhouse@uconn.edu

Dr. Chadwick Rittenhouse is an Associate Professor in Residence in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at UConn’s College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources (CAHNR), Director of the MEEM program, and Coordinator of the SEPM certificate program. He is also a Faculty Affiliate of the Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering at UConn. Dr. Rittenhouse is a Leadership Institute Fellow of The Wildlife Society and recipient of teaching and service awards. Dr. Rittenhouse earned a PhD and an MS in Wildlife Science at the University of Missouri, and a BS in Wildlife Ecology and a Degree Certificate in Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin. His research team, the PLaN Lab, works to understand the relationships between People, Land, and Nature, with a goal to enhance decision-making for and stewardship of private and public lands.

Courses taught: NRE 5200 Sustainable Natural Resources Management, NRE 5220 Environmental Planning for Sustainable Communities and Regions, NRE 5830 Internship in Energy and Environmental Management, NRE 5850 Practicum in Energy and Environmental Management.


Image of Online Environmental Master's Degree Faculty Member and Course Instructor Dr. Cabaniss smiling.Dr. Amy Cabaniss, Adjunct Faculty, University of Connecticut, Department of Natural Resources and the Environment
amy.cabaniss@uconn.edu

Dr. Amy Cabaniss is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment. She also teaches fundamentals of communication and persuasion in the Department of Communications at the University of Rhode Island. For over six years, Dr. Cabaniss taught Business Ecology and Sustainability in the School of Business MBA Program at Southern Connecticut State University. She has a PhD in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England, MBA in Management and Organization from the University of New Haven, and a BS in Environmental Conservation from the University of New Hampshire.

Dr. Cabaniss has an established career in environmental education and communication with applied research in conservation psychology to foster individual and collective environmentally responsible behavior. Since 1990, her work has emphasized solid waste management issues, and she is a former muti-term board member of the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association and past-president of NAHMMA-Northeast. She is editor of the Handbook on Household Hazardous Waste (Government Institutes Press, 2008; 2nd editions, Bernan Press, 2018); Perspectives on Product Stewardship by Scott Cassel (Bernan Press, 2023); and Producer Responsibility in Practice: A Decision Maker's Guide (Bernan Press, forthcoming in 2024).

Courses Taught: NRE 5210 Communications for Environmental Decision Makers, NRE 5225 Sustainable Use of Ocean Resources, NRE 5230 Sustainability Leadership in Organizations.


Master's in Energy and Environmental Management Online Program faculty member Dr. Thomas Meyer of the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources.Dr. Thomas H. Meyer, Professor in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment
thomas.meyer@uconn.edu

Dr. Thomas H. Meyer is a Professor in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at UConn’s College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources (CAHNR). Dr. Meyer is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Association for Geodetic Surveying (Fellow and Director). He is a past president (2006-2007) of the Geomatics Society of New England (was the New England Section ACSM) and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Surveying Engineering and for Surveying and Land Information Science. Dr. Meyer earned his PhD from Texas A&M University (College Station, 1998) where he was a research associate in the Mapping Sciences Laboratory. During his tenure at UConn, he has taught geomatics courses in geographic information science, geodesy, digital terrain modeling, global navigation satellite system surveying at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Dr. Meyer has authored an undergraduate-level geodesy textbook, numerous peer-reviewed papers about surveying and mapping, and teaches professional education seminars for surveyors throughout New England and the United States.

Courses taught: NRE 5585 Geospatial Data Processing Techniques, and NRE 5215 Introduction to Geospatial Analysis with Remote Sensing.


Piyumi Obeysekara, faculty of UConn's online graduate certificate in Sustainable Environmental Planning and Management ProgramDr. Piyumi Obeysekara, Adjunct Faculty and Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment

piyumi.obeysekara@uconn.edu

Dr. Piyumi Obeysekara, Adjunct Faculty and Assistant Research Professor at UConn's College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, is an Agricultural Entomologist specializing in sustainable agriculture and ecosystem services. Her research is centered on biological control, integrated pest management, and plant-insect interactions, contributing significantly to both pest management and biodiversity conservation. With a PhD in Plant Science and an MS in Geoscience, Dr. Obeysekara combines her knowledge of entomology with a broader understanding of environmental dynamics. Her previous work as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at Texas A&M University and the University of Connecticut, along with her membeship in the Entomological Society of America, reflect her involvement in agroecology trhough research and educational outreach.

Courses taught: NRE 5200 Sustainable Natural Resources Management, NRE 5205 Decision Methods in Natural Resources and the Environment


Environmental Law Faculty

UConn Master of Energy and Environmental Management Law Faculty, Peter Lindseth in front of books in a library.

Peter Lindseth, J.D.

Peter Lindseth is a legal scholar and historian with strong interests in the comparative origins and evolution of governance structures and public law. His books include a reinterpretation of the history of European integration, Power and Legitimacy: Reconciling Europe and the Nation-State (OUP), as well as three co-edited volumes on comparative administrative law (from Elgar and OUP), which have redefined that field. His research develops new insights into the boundary between administrative and constitutional law, historical institutionalism, principal-agent theory, as well as supranational organizations in Europe and beyond.

Courses taught: LAW 7554 Compliance Law.


Master's in Energy and Environmental Management Online Program faculty member Professor Joseph MacDougald of the Law School smiling in outdoor environment..Joseph MacDougald, J.D.

Joseph A. MacDougald, professor-in-residence, Strasser fellow in environmental law, is the executive director of UConn Law’s Center for Energy & Environmental Law (CEEL), the director of the LLM in Energy & Environmental Law, and the faculty advisor to the Energy & Environmental Law Society. Professor MacDougald teaches and researches many aspects of environmental and energy law with a primary emphasis on climate change and its interaction with different levels of government. As an Executive Board member and director of applied research at the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation, he has helped guide research projects exploring policy responses to sea level rise at a state and municipal level. He has published works and given presentations on topics ranging from resilience policy and national security, sea level rise, climate change and insurance, the Clean Air Act and automobile emissions, and President Theodore Roosevelt’s environmental legacy.

Courses taught: LAW 7568 Climate Law; LAW 7650 Environmental Law, LAW 7812 Energy Regulation and Policy.


Master's in Energy and Environmental Management Online Program instructor Kirt Mayland. Image Placeholder.

Kirt Mayland, J.D.

Kirt Mayland is the President of Reservoir Road Holdings, a renewable energy development and consulting firm.  He was formerly the business development director and in-house counsel at Barron Partners and Soltas Energy, and in-house counsel at Penn Energy Trust and Penn Energy Renewables.  Prior to his time at Penn, Mr. Mayland was an environmental attorney at Trout Unlimited and also the founder and Director of its Eastern Water Project. He has also worked at Sidley, Austin Brown & Wood and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.  He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1994, was a Fulbright Scholar in Monterrey, Mexico where he received a Masters in Finance, from the Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores, received a JD from the University of Connecticut, where he was a member of the Connecticut Law Review, and received an LLM in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School.

Courses taught: LAW 7812 Energy Regulation and Policy.


Master's in Energy and Environmental Management Online Program instructor Vincent Pace. Image Placeholder.Vincent Pace, J.D.

Vincent Pace is an assistant general counsel for Eversource Energy. He has been with Eversource, formerly known as Northeast Utilities, since 2003, and previously worked in the utility practice group at Day, Berry & Howard LLP (now DayPitney LLP). He received a BA, summa cum laude, from Fairfield University, and a JD, with high honors, LLM and SJD from UConn School of Law. He was a president of the UConn Law School Alumni Association from 2015 to 2016 and serves as a director on the association’s board. He was also a former treasurer and member of the board of governors of the Connecticut Bar Association.

Courses taught: LAW 7600 Administrative Law; LAW 7805 International Environmental Law.


Geographic Information Systems Faculty

Master's in Energy and Environmental Management Online Program faculty member professor Ken Foote of the Department of Geography in front of a tree..Ken Foote, Professor and Head of the Department of Geography
ken.foote@uconn.edu

Ken Foote has been involved in GIScience for over three decades at the University of Texas at Austin, University of Colorado Boulder, and now at the University of Connecticut. He has served as president of both the American Association of Geographers and the National Council for Geographic Education. His current research involves cartographic and data visualization, including WebGIS and multimedia cartography. He is head of the Geography Department at UConn.

Courses taught: GEOG 5500 Fundamentals of GIS.


Master's in Energy and Environmental Management Online Program faculty member professor Richard Mrozinski of the Department of Geography.Richard Mrozinski, GIS Certificate Program Coordinator
mrozinski@uconn.edu

Rich Mrozinski has been teaching GIS courses at the University of Connecticut since fall 1998. Rich undertook his graduate studies at the University of Connecticut, where he actually earned the GIS Certificate in 1997. At UConn, Rich currently teaches GEOG 2500 – Introduction to GIS and GEOG 5510 – Applications Issues in GIS, along with managing the two computer labs and various computer resources in the Geography Department. Rich also serves as the site license administrator for the GIS software license between UConn and Esri. In Rich’s free time he enjoys fishing and woodworking.

Courses taught: GEOG 5510 Application Issues of GIS.