Professor of Geology, and author of Walden’s Shore: Henry David Thoreau and Nineteenth Century Science.
Dr. Robert Thorson began teaching at the University of Connecticut in 1984. Since arriving, he’s developed a variety of courses ranging from science literacy lectures on the Age of the Dinosaurs to graduate seminars on archaeological geology. He taught the University’s first course on Global Climate Change and what is now the oldest course in the Honors Core Curriculum, Geoscience through American Studies.
His academic career took an unexpected turn in 2002 after publication of Stone by Stone: The Magnificent History in New England’s Stone Walls, which became a regional bestseller and won the nonfiction Connecticut Book Award. In 2003, he became a regular columnist with a beat focusing on environmental and educational issues for “Place,” the Hartford Courant’s nationally award-winning Sunday commentary section.
Dr. Thorson’s fourth book, Beyond Walden: The Hidden History of America’s Kettle Lakes and Ponds, precipitated keynote speeches to national lake management associations, and a contract with Harvard University Press to interpret the geoscience beneath Walden, Thoreau’s literary masterpiece. This fifth book, titled Walden’s Shore: Henry David Thoreau and Nineteenth Century Science, and classified as both literary criticism and biography, will be released in December 2013.