Welcome to Robert Thorson's Homepage
I'm a Professor of Geology at the rural campus of the University of Connecticut in Storrs, where I juggle teaching, research, mentoring, and committee work. I'm also an Author eagerly awaiting the December 2013 release of my latest book, Walden's Shore by Harvard University Press. Finally, I'm a staff Columnist for the Hartford Courant, where I've been weighing in on environmental and educational policy for thirteen years.
Away from the office, I'm a frequent public Speaker, a field-trip guide for historic and environmental organizations, and a Consultant on topics ranging from museum exhibit design to expert witness testimony.
Away from work, I'm a son, father, husband, and solitary soul whose principal hobbies involve Nature, reading, cooking, and public television. I have a special affinity for small lakes, deep woods, and salty beaches.
The closest I get to public social media are my "friendless" Author page on Facebook, and my erratic entries on the reader's website Goodreads.
Photo by Kristine Thorson taken July, 2013 in Manfred, North Dakota. Below me are the graves of my sodbuster Norwegian grandparents