Climate Change in Our Backyard

When you think of climate change, what comes to mind? Rather than drawing upon images of far-flung regions, just look out the window and you will likely see something resulting from our changing climate. This series aims to draw attention to some of the rapid transitions happening locally, and explore the many ways UConn students and researchers are investigating and responding to environmental trends around us.

Flooding in coastal Connecticut as the climate changes is one of several concerns for local leaders addressed in fact sheets provided by Adapt CT (Getty Images).

Fact Sheets Help Local Leaders in CT Navigate Climate Change Questions

Adapt CT offers guidance on matters ranging from beach erosion to the flooding of coastal highways

The new collaborative effort will see part of CIRCA housed in SGCI offices at UConn Hartford.

Closer Collaboration and Community Outreach for Urban Sustainability, Together at Hartford Campus

The partnership between CIRCA and SCGI aims to help build more environmentally sustainable and resilient cities

Dry soil and grass, caused by drought.

Q&A: When in Drought, Build Resilience

The abnormally dry weather Connecticut has experienced in 2020 may not be an anomaly for long.

What’s Ahead for Connecticut’s Climate

A new report lays out the science projecting Connecticut's hotter, more uncertain future as the climate changes.

Report Emphasizes Importance of Communication in Climate Change Resilience

Effective communication is essential for community resilience in the face of the effects of climate change, a new study finds.

Battling Climate Anxiety with Knowledge

A new course at UConn aims to explore and define what it means to be alive in a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene.

Wood burning stove. (Getty Images)

Changing Air Quality in the Land of Steady Habits

Although ozone season is a couple of months away, Connecticut's air quality in winter is negatively impacted by the amount of wood burned as fuel, says engineering professor Kristina Wagstrom.

Madeline Kollegger '18 (CAHNR) and Beth Lawrence collecting data on surface water salinity in a tidally restored marsh at Barn Island Wildlife Management Area, Stonington, Connecticut, during an Advanced Wetland Ecology class. (Emily Couture '17 (CAHNR)/UConn Photo)

Connecticut’s Marshes: Past, Present, and Uncertain Future

As the world looks increasingly to technology to sequester carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, UConn researchers are seeking to understand the natural processes involved in wetlands' ability to store carbon.

A service learning course enlists students to help the state's communities respond and adapt to climate change through the UConn Climate Corps. (Chet Arnold/UConn Photo)

Climate Corps Seeks to Make Impact in Connecticut’s Communities

A service learning course enlists students to help the state's communities respond and adapt to climate change through the UConn Climate Corps.

The giant swallowtail butterfly, a newcomer to Connecticut, is one representative of increased biodiversity among insect species in the Northeast due to climate change. (Getty Images)

Insects Coping with Climate Change

Entomologist David Wagner says the number of insect species in Connecticut is increasing due to climate change. That's good news and bad.

A saltmarsh sparrow nest at high tide. (Photo by Jenna Mielcarek)

Rapid Change – A Tale of Two Species

Climate change is creating winners and losers. UConn researchers are studying two Connecticut examples.

Swallowtail butterfly on a buttonbush blossom. (Getty Images)

Changing the Landscape – Invasive Plants

Plant science professor Jessica Lubell on invasive plant species and her work to identify native species as alternatives for landscaping purposes.

A gray tree frog calling. (Kurt Schwenk/UConn Photo)

Nature and Knowledge at Our Doorstep

Students exposed to nature, some for the first time, soon become fascinated and eager to learn more.

Percentages of Connecticut's land surface in 2015. (Graphic by Maxine Marcy for UConn)

Preserving Green Spaces in Connecticut’s Changing Landscape

Smart land use management is critical in order to preserve open space, says extension educator Chester Arnold. 'It isn’t something we can go back and fix later on.'

Researcher John Volin discusses the history of the state’s forests, and current threats from climate change, blights, and invasive species. (Yesenia Carrero/UConn Illustration)

Connecticut’s Forests Today a Far Cry from Towering Giants of Old

'We tend to look at deforestation in areas like the tropics, but we should also look at what is happening in our own backyard,' says researcher John Volin.

A female deer and her fawn are captured on camera by UConn researchers, part of a project to gather abundance data on the state's deer population. (Jennifer Kilburn/UConn Photo)

Camera Traps, Citizen Science, Help Track State’s Animal Populations

In order to conserve the species that are here, we have to know more about what we have. UConn researchers are collecting data on animals and birds in the state.

John Volin, vice provost for academic affairs and professor of natural resources and the environment, stands near a bioretention swale outside behind McHugh Hall on July 11, 2018. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Working Toward Sustainable Solutions

Introducing a new series about UConn environmental research, vice provost John Volin says the political focus on climate change often overshadows important issues of environment and sustainability.