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University of Connecticut College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Robert Thorson

Welcome to Robert Thorson's Homepage

My colleagues, students, readers, audiences, and clients  know me as a:

  • Professor of Geology at the rural  University of Connecticut, where I juggle teaching, research, mentoring, and committee work.  
  • Author of five books, the latest being Walden's Shore: Henry David Thoreau and Nineteenth-Century Science (Harvard, 2014).  Link to recent reviews.
  • Journalist who writes a regular Op-Ed column for the Hartford Courant, the oldest continuously published newspaper in the nation, and the state's major metropolitan daily. Link to recent columns
  • Coordinator of the Stone Wall Initiative, a primary resource for anyone interested in New England's historic stone walls.
  • Public Speaker and field trip leader for a variety of venues, most commonly historical societies, conservation organizations, and land trusts. 
  • Consultant  on geo-topics ranging from museum exhibit design to expert witness testimony.

Away from work, I'm a husband, father, son, friend, and solitary soul whose principal hobbies are enjoying wild Nature, hiking, reading, cooking, and public television. I have a special affinity for small lakes, deep woods, and salty beaches.

Quick links to my:   Research Interests,  Curriculum Vitae  and  Biographical Sketch.

Photo by Kristine Thorson taken July, 2013 in Manfred, North Dakota.