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Agricultural and Resource Economics

Syma Ebbin 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, 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.


Kroum Batchvarov 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.

Biological Sciences

Michael Finiguerra 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.

Computer Science and Engineering

David Giblin 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.


Michele Baggio is an Assistant Professor with specialties in Environmental and Resource Economics, Ecological Economics, and 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.”

Paul Hallwood is a professor who has nine books and about 60 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.


Pamela Bedore teaches courses in Popular Literature, American Literature, and Writing. Some popular courses offerings include American Detective Fiction, Stephen King, and The Vampire in Literature and Culture. She publishes on detective fiction, science fiction, pedagogy, and dime novels. Pam is also the writing coordinator for the Avery Point campus, and is always happy to meet with students who are considering the English major or who would just like to talk about writing and reading. Her recent projects include Foundations of Utopian and Dystopian Fiction from The Torch Podcast and H. G. Wells And The Quest For Utopia from course “Great Utopian and Dystopian Works of Literature.” Great Utopian and Dystopian Works of Literature (The Great Courses, 2017) delivers 24 illuminating lectures which plunge you into the history and development of utopian ideas and their dystopian counterparts. You’ll encounter some of the most powerful and influential texts in this genre as you travel centuries into the past and thousands of years into the future, through worlds that are beautiful, laughable, terrifying, and always thought-provoking. Her research includes The Dime Novel and the Detective Story – featured in UConn Today, published January 17, 2014, and Vampires – Assistant Professor Pam Bedore teaches an English class on vampires as a literary genre – published in UConn Today, October 31, 2012. 

Mary Kay Bercaw-Edwards is a distinguished Melville scholar who teaches courses in Maritime and American literature. She is an Associate Professor with specialties in American literature to 1900, 20th century American literature, and the novel Literature of the Sea. Some of her courses include Sailor Talk, Whaleship Charles W. Morgan, and The Cannibal Other. She has published extensively on Herman Melville’s writing, and about cannibalism and life at sea. She also works at the nearby Mystic Seaport Museum, demonstrating for visitors the skills used by sailors aboard tall ships. She is currently working on Cannibal Old Me, a forthcoming book on Herman Melville and the discourse of the South Pacific.

Lynne Rogers teaches a variety of courses focusing on literatures from around the world. Her classes include American Literature, The Modern Novel, World Literature in English, Asian-American Literature, and Native American Literature. Her research focuses on modern Arab-American or Arab Anglophone literature, and she has traveled widely and taught in Palestine. Rogers enjoys a reputation at Avery Point for choosing excellent readings for all her courses.


Nathaniel Trumbull 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.


Matthew McKenzie is an Associate Professor and American Studies Coordinator for the Avery Point campus. His areas of specialty are Marine environmental history, 18th and 19th century American social and labor history, maritime history, and 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-19th and early-20th 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.

McKenzie took his Ph.D. in Maritime History from the University of New Hampshire in 2003. As a Ph.D. candidate, he worked with UNH’s Gulf of Maine Cod Project, an interdisciplinary team of historians and fisheries scientists exploring ecological change in the 19th century Scotian Shelf cod-fishery. In 2003, McKenzie began teaching Maritime Studies at the Sea Education Association in Woods Hole, Mass., during which time he sailed offshore in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans in U.S. and Canadian waters. At sea, he continued his courses while also filling in as assistant engineer, deckhand, and science deck lackey. He came to UConn’s Avery Point campus in August 2006, where his position as American Studies Program Coordinator has pulled his interests closer inshore.

McKenzie’s book, Clearing the Coastline: The Nineteenth Century Ecological and Cultural Transformation of Cape Cod (University Press of New England, 2011) explores perceived changes in 19th century southern New England’s inshore marine ecology; fishermen’s and scientists’ responses to those changes; and how these economic and ecological transformations helped create the modern tourist communities of the early 20th century.

Helen Rozwadowski 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.

Marine Sciences

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 visit the Marine Sciences Faculty page.


Jeffrey Connors is an Assistant Professor. He says, “I am generally interested in methods for the numerical approximation of solutions to ODEs [ordinary differential equation] and PDEs [partial differential equation]. 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.”

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


Moshe Gai 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, precision and high sensitivity measurements of electro-weak phenomena, and studies of the structure of the nucleon.

Erin Scanlon (she/her) is an Assistant Professor in Residence and she teaches many of the physics courses offered at Avery Point. Dr. Scanlon conducts physics education research (PER) related to a) changing the physics community and classroom environments to be supportive of all people, especially people with disabilities; b) the use of research-based instructional strategies; and c) students' epistemologies about mathematics and physics. For more about Dr. Scanlon, please visit her profile on the website for the Physics Department.

Political Science

Frank Griggs is an Assistant Professor in Residence in the Department of Political Science, who is also affiliated with the Maritime Studies program. His course offerings include introductory International Relations and Comparative Politics, Quantitative Analysis, Global Environmental Politics, and Political Violence. His research examines how climate change and human displacement influence political conflict. Dr. Griggs is also the academic advisor for Avery Point students who are political science majors.



Dennis Breslin