A stone wall in a wide-open field on a sunny day.

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Robert Thorson is a professor and interim Head of geosciences at the University of Connecticut, where he juggles administration, teaching, research, mentoring, and community engagement.  He's a Midwestern native, turned Western geologist, turned Eastern academic.  His current scholarly interest is the interweave between environmental history, literature, and the Anthropocene Epoch.  His teaching includes three courses in the Honors Core Curriculum.


Photo:  Mugshot in front of the Paleozoic limey sandstone, Pleistocene brick-mud, and Anthropocene construction of Beach Hall, headquarters of UConn Geoscience (February, 2020)

Recent Blog Posts

  • On the Gaps in our Lives
    On August 29, 2020 I published in the Wall Street Journal a book review on The Book of Unconformities: Speculations on Lost Time by the anthropologist and writer Hugh Raffes, which I heartily recommend for anyone who feels like their sense of time was whacked by a convulsive life events.  Excerpts from my review lead the publisher’s (Pantheon/Penguin/Random House) […]
    Posted on September 1, 2020