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Keene Morrow

Growing up, Keene Morrow (they/them) never needed to be told to go outside.  They followed their fascination with forests and rivers to the University of Connecticut, despite the temptation of studying photography.  Keene graduated in 2013 with degrees in environmental science and geography (and a minor in French). While an undergraduate, Keene contributed to several environmental science research projects in addition to writing their thesis on modeling climate change impacts in small-scale watersheds.  After graduation, Keene worked as an educator and deckhand aboard tall ships in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Pacific Northwest.  They later returned to Connecticut to develop and contribute to a project mapping State conserved lands for public distribution with associated land records.  Prompted by Keene’s contributions and background, this project grew into an internship program hosted at a state university. There Keene trained, supervised, and mentored more than forty interns over the course of six semesters.  Inspired by their experiences as a researcher, educator, and GIS technician, Keene is specializing in conservation planning with a focus in environmental data science at the Bren School.  They aspire to use analysis and visualization to enhance conservation efforts by better communicating environmental problems and proposed solutions to them. 

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