This fall, Denise Burchsted is joining CFE as a postdoctoral scholar. Designed as a 2-year position, Denise will focus on teaching graduate courses, working with graduate students, and participating in an active research agenda.
Denise studied geoscience for her PhD at the University of Connecticut. She has a diverse background with training in civil engineering (BS from UConn) and ecology (MFS from Yale University). Her research has focused on blending these disciplines to study the aquatic landscape across various scales. She is interested in the application of her work to the management of rivers and wetlands. In this context, she has worked on the restoration of the Everglades, designed dam removals and other fish passage projects, designed salt marsh and freshwater wetland restoration projects, and led watershed conservation planning efforts in Connecticut.
This year, Denise will teach the graduate courses Ecosystem Management, Nature of Environmental Systems, and Restoration Ecology. Graduate students will benefit from her expertise and she will also work on developing research projects in the region collaborating with CFE faculty, students, and other researchers.