Team-TERRA: Mark Urban, PI, and trainees: Madeleine Meadows-Mcdonnell, Sarah Klionsky, Raul Flamenco, Franco Gigliotti, Yan Chen, Jessica Espinosa, Adam Gallaher

Welcome to Team-TERRA - Building Resilient Landscapes for Food, Energy, Water, and Ecosystem Services in America’s Original Megalopolis.  Team-TERRA is a newly funded transdisciplinary training program in the Center of Biological Risk at the University of Connecticut. The training program consists of a 2-year sequence of coursework, teamwork, a real-world internship, and associated workshops. We will use the northeastern US megalopolis stretching from Boston to Washington, D.C. as a living laboratory to understand, predict, manage, and communicate risks to food, energy, water, and ecosystems in the face of global change. As part of the training program, trainees will work in diverse teams to predict and solve complex problems of the future in regions that are urbanizing and stretched to both provide the essentials for human wellbeing while maintaining the many benefits of biodiversity and natural ecosystems. 

Welcome Team-TERRA Cohort 2022-2023
Peter Billman, Ketki Samel, Katja Kwaku, Michael La Scaleia, Erin Dierickx, Durga Joshi, Madeline Kollegger, Bivek Bhusal, Josue Martinez-Martinez, Catalina Vasquez, Makduma Zahan Badhan & Naomi Adler

Welcome Team-TERRA Cohort 2023-2024 so far...

Mei-Ling, Lucy Hendrickson

Fig. 1: Nighttime lighting patterns highlight America’s original megalopolis. This region provides an unnatural laboratory for predicting the resilience of FEWES to future risks and diverse opportunities for enhanced graduate education. UConn and the Cary Institute are situated within the last agricultural and wild lands.

Hartford, CT skyline

Values Statement

  • Open-mindedness
  • Give and receive support to create an equitable, empathetic, inclusive environment
  • Purpose-driven to improve the world
  • Freedom to grow
  • Overcome barriers

News & Events

Congratulations to Adam Gallaher, winner of Provost's Award for Excellence in Community Engaged Scholarship for his work with the other Department of Geography Covid-19 mapping members to create a real-time resource for COVID-19 risks in Connecticut.
Congratulations to Raul Flamenco for the excellent interview in UConn Today
Congratulations to Kathy Segerson who was just elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the most prestigious honors in the world. Kathy joins other Team-TERRA members, Gene Likens and Steward Pickett. Here is the UConn At Work story on Kathy's election into the Academy.
Student Team Project Presentations, Tuesday May 3rd, TLS 111, 9:30-11:00. Recording of the event can be found at this link.
Congratulations to Team-TERRA fellow, Sarah Klionsky, whose research was profiled in UConn Today, 'Digging into the Finer Details of Retired Cranberry Bog Restorations.
Congratulations to Team-TERRA fellow Adam Gallaher, who just had an OpEd published in Energy News Network on electricity rate increases and what can be done about it (renewables!)
Congratulations to Team-TERRA fellow Adam Gallaher, who in addition to getting published in UConn Today, has just had an OpEd that he wrote in the Sci Comm class last semester published in the Hartford Courant. Link is here.

Congratulations to Team-TERRA fellow Madeleine Meadows-McDonnell for the UConn Today article The Goldilocks Effect: Adding the Right Amount of Sediment to Salt Marshes Keeps Coastlines Afloat - UConn Today
Congratulations to Team-TERRA fellow Adam Gallaher, the lead author in the 12/16/21 article in UConn Today about reducing risks to the electrical grid.  and his interview on NBC News here
11/30/21 James O'Donnell, David Murphy and John Truscinski, of CIRCA UConn, gave a talk on sea level rise.

Collaborative Partner Organizations

We are excited to collaborate with these partner organizations:

  • The premier ecosystem research institute, the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY. Together, we will study the risks to the urbanizing landscape of the northeastern U.S
  • UConn Institute of the Environment has a mission to advance research, education, and engagement concerning the environment and sustainability at the University of Connecticut. 
  • UConn Center for Biological Risk seeks to improve the capacity to assess, manage, and communicate biological risks of global change through research, teaching, and community outreach. The Center focuses on risks that affect, originate from, or are mediated by biological systems. 


Team-TERRA Spring 2022 Newsletter


Team-TERRA Brochure


Interested in learning more about the program?

University Events

  1. Aug 10 Preparing Your HuskyCT Grade Center For Grade Calculation And Submission 10:00am
  2. Aug 10 Gastroenterology/Hepatology Grand Rounds12:00pm
  3. Aug 10 Virtual Info Session - MS In Business Analytics & Project Management Program12:00pm
  4. Aug 10 Virtual Infosession - MS In Business Analytics & Project Management Program12:00pm
  5. Aug 10 Husky to Hire: The Job Search (Pre-Recorded)12:00pm
  6. Aug 10 iClicker: Student Response System1:30pm


1st year


  • EEB 5872 Environmental Risk Assessment (3 credits), Tuesdays 12:15-3:15, Bamford Rm, TLS 171B 
  • EEB 5882 Environmental Risk Practicum 1  (3 credits), Wednesdays 10-12, Bamford Rm, TLS 171B
  • EEB 5895 Section (018) Environmental Risk Communication (1 credit),  to be scheduled by instructor
  • Either EEB 5480 or EEB 5482; they are offered in alternate years. (3 credits), Tues/Thurs 9:30-10:45, Rm TBD


  • EEB 5882 Environmental Risk Practicum 2  (3 credits)
  • GIS course elective (3 credits)

2nd year