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Faculty Research

Many of the members of the Avery Point faculty are involved in research in their fields. Their projects offer opportunities for our students to be involved in work that adds to our understanding of the world around us. Below is a partial list of groups and individuals doing research on our campus.



Michele Baggio, Economics, is an Assistant Professor  with specialities in Environmental and Resource Economics, Ecological Economics, Applied Microeconomics. He says, “My research interests are mainly in environmental and resource economics, ecological economics, and applied microeconomics. In particular, I specialize in studying causes and consequences of ecosystem changes in the context of aquatic ecosystems.”



batchvarovKroum Batchvarov, Anthropology, is an Assistant Professor. Dr. Batchvarov’s main research focus is in maritime archaeology of 17th-century seafaring. He specializes in English and Dutch ship construction. While employed by the Swedish National Maritime Museums, Division Vasa, he developed and implemented a method for recording the frames of the Swedish warship Vasa which sank on its maiden voyage in 1628. Batchvarov recently used the same method to record the framing on the English ship Warwick, lost in Bermuda in 1619. Between 2000 and 2001 he organized and directed the first complete excavation of a Black Sea shipwreck, in the southern bay of Kitten, Bulgaria. For a profile on Dr. Batchvarov, visit


PAM-BEDOREPam Bedore, English, is an Assistant Professor and the Writing Coordinator for the Avery Point campus. She specializes in American literature from 1820 to the present, with a focus on popular culture, gender, and genre. Her book, Dime Novels and the Roots of Detective Fiction (Palgrave, 2013), examines nineteenth-century popular representations of detectives and criminals. She has also published articles on more contemporary detective fiction, science fiction, pedagogy, and writing centers. For a profile on Dr. Bedore, visit




MBercawEdwardsMary K. Bercaw-Edwards, English, is an Associate Professor with specialties in American literature to 1900, twentieth-century American literature, and the novel (Literature of the Sea). She is currently working on Cannibal Old Me, a forthcoming book on Herman Melville and the discourse of the South Pacific.





Dick Cole, Political Science, is an Assistant-Professor-in-Residence. Dr. Cole teaches courses in Constitutional Rights & Liberties, Law & Society, and Constitutional Law.  While he enjoys exploring with his students all aspects of the judicial system and the structure of government, he admits that he especially enjoys reading about, teaching, and discussing the Supreme Court.  “My favorite class is Constitutional Rights & Liberties because I get to focus on the Supreme Court and issues such as free speech and freedom of religion,” he remarks.  This focus on Supreme Court decisions frequently leads to lively in-class debates that often continue outside the classroom.




JConnorsJeffrey Connors, Mathematics, is an Assistant Professor. He says, “I am generally interested in methods for the numerical approximation of solutions to ODEs and PDEs. Of particular interest are techniques used for multi-physics simulations, such as for atmosphere-ocean interaction. These include partitioned time-stepping methods, operator-splitting methods a posteriori error calculations for either error quantification or adaptivity, and uncertainty quantification for multi-component codes.”



SEbbinSyma Ebbin, Agricultural and Resource Economics, is an Associate Professor in Residence with specialties in Fisheries and Environmental Science. Her research interests include fisheries and
environmental management, with specific focus on the institutional and human dimensions of resource management and policy, particularly within marine and coastal systems. Much of her work has examined participatory management approaches and including the Native American co-management of Pacific salmon in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest and soft shell clam co-management in the Georges River region
of Maine.   She is also involved in research on climate change adaptation in Connecticut.






Michael Finiguerra, Biological Sciences, is an Assistant-Professor-in-Residence. His research specializes  in the molecular ecology of microplankton; connecting measurements of fitness  (e.g., reproductive rates, growth efficiencies) with gene expression.







Moshe Gai, Physics, is a Professor whose research activities are split between being a facilitator of a newly emerging research group at UConn in Nuclear Physics with the creation of the Laboratory for Nuclear Science and personal research activities that encompass studies in Nuclear Astrophysics, precission and high sensitivity measurements of electro-weak phenomena and studies of the structure of the nucleon.






David Giblin, Computer Science and Engineering, is an Assistant-Professor-in-Residence. His research areas are kinematics, dynamics, and optimization. His research centers on manipulation theory and control of mechanical systems. Dr. Giblin teaches sophomore level undergraduate engineering courses in a variety of disciplines and graduate mechanical engineering courses that support the Master of Engineering (MENG) program.  He also serves as an academic advisor to engineering students at Avery Point. For more about Dr. Giblin, please visit his profile on the website for the School of Engineering.


PaulHallwoodPaul Hallwood, Economics, is a Professor who has nine books and about sixty papers in refereed journals. Among these journals are The Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Monetary Economics, Legal Studies, Explorations in Economic History, World Development, International Affairs and the Southern Economic Journal. His main research interests are in the field of international economics, in particular, international trade, international finance, economics of the multinational corporation, and international political economy. A more recent research interest is in the economics of the oceans, with a book on economics of the oceans published in 2014.




Dmitriy Leykekhman, Mathematics, is an Associate Professor whose research interests include Applied Mathematics, Numerical Analysis, and Partial Differential Equations.




MMcKenzieMatthew McKenzie, History, is an Associate Professor and American Studies Coordinator for the Avery Point campus. His areas of specialty are Marine environmental history, eighteenth and nineteenth century American social and labor history; maritime history; history of tourism and working waterfronts. His current research interests include “Breaking the Banks: Cultural Representation and Environmental Catastrophe on Georges Bank, 1872-1945.” The collapse of the Georges Bank fisheries in the late 1980s and early 1990s represents one of the most shocking stories of humanity’s ability to exhaust even the most robust ecosystem. To date, however, most explanations of that catastrophe have focused on the actions of fishermen, scientists, and regulators since World War II. “Breaking the Banks” uncovers the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century cultural and social origins of that collapse, and challenges us to recognize the long-term role that American society, writ large, played in this environmental disaster.


HRozwadowskiHelen Rozwadowski, History, is an Associate Professor. Her areas of specialty are History of science, environmental history, maritime history, U.S., Atlantic Ocean, and Britain. Her current research interests include History of oceanography and undersea exploration in the 1950s and 1960s. For a full profile on Dr. Rozwadowski, visit her profile page on the History Department website.






Nathaniel Trumbull, Geography, is an Associate Professor. Dr. Trumbull has research interests in Coastal Management, Water Resources Planning and Management, Urban and Community Development, Regional Planning, and Geographic Information Systems



Marine Sciences Faculty. All marine sciences faculty are engaged in research, including physical, chemical, geological and biological aspects of the oceans.  For a complete list of faculty and their research, please go to the Marine Sciences Faculty page.