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

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Robert Thorson is Professor of Earth Sciences at the University of Connecticut, where he juggles teaching, writing, mentoring, committee work, and community engagement.  He's a Midwestern native, turned Northwestern geologist, turned Northeastern academic.  His current scholarly interest is the interweave between archaeology, environmental history, environmental literature, and the Anthropocene Epoch that creates our sense of place.  He also teaches three courses for the Honors Core Curriculum and coordinates the Stone Wall Initiative within the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History. 

Photo:  Mugshot in front of Beach Hall, headquarters for the Department of Earth Sciences at UConn. Now part of the Historic District, it was built in 1929 with Proterozoic (?) granite, Paleozoic limey sandstone, Pleistocene brick-mud, and other materials. 

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