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Learning from the water systems of ancient Rome – Dr. Gary Robbins, UConn

Date(s) - 03/08/2017
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Three Rivers Community College


Dr. Gary RobbinsOn Wednesday, March 8, Dr. Gary Robbins, UConn Professor of Geology and Hydrology, will present a seminar,”What we can learn from the water systems of ancient Rome?”, as part of the Spring 2017 Environmental Issues Seminars. It runs from 6-8:30 p.m. in room C101 and includes a Q&A. It is free and open to the public.

Dr. Robbins is well published in the scientific literature and has received awards for his teaching, research and outreach. He is the 2016-2017 University of Connecticut Innovative Teaching Awardee. While teaching his course on Water Resources, he became fascinated with the contributions the ancient Romans made to modern water system supply and management.  Given his hands-on approach to learning, he started a study abroad course in Rome called Water Systems of Rome: Ancient to Modern so students can see the contributions first hand.  His current research focus is on deciphering fractured bedrock hydrogeology; he has been conducting studies in the U.S. and Italy.

Dr. Robbins is a Professor of Geology in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at the UConn. He obtained a Ph.D. at Texas A&M University in Geology specializing in Hydrogeology. He began his professional career working for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, then after obtaining his Ph.D. became an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M. He then went to California and worked for Woodward-Clyde Consultants, an environmental consulting firm, while teaching as an adjunct at Cal. State Fullerton and U.C Riverside. Dr. Robbins is a Registered Geologist and Certified Engineering Geologist in California. a Certified Professional Geologist with AIPG, and a member of many scientific societies in his field.

The Spring 2017 Environmental Issues Seminars features prominent scientists on multiple topics on the environment. They are held weekly on Wednesdays through May 17 in room C111, starting at 6:00 p.m. They are free and open to the public.

For further information, please contact Professor Diba Khan-Bureau at 860-215-9443 or

A poster listing all of the Spring 2017 seminars can be seen here.

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