Dr. Larkin Powell
Larkin Powell is a professor of conservation biology and animal ecology in the School of Natural Resources (SNR) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He also serves as an Associate Dean for Student Experiences for UNL’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Larkin teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on wildlife management and research, and his research program focuses on landscape dynamics, animal demography and movements, and decisions made by private landowners in the Great Plains and throughout the world. He is a Fellow of The Wildlife Society and the author of Great Plains Birds (University of Nebraska Press) and Principles for Management of Fisheries and Wildlife: the manager as decision-maker (Cognella), as well as co-editor of Harvest of Fish and Wildlife: New Paradigms for Sustainable Management (CRC Press) and the upcoming 9th Edition of The Wildlife Techniques Manual (Johns Hopkins University Press).
Dr. Bin Zhu
Dr. Bin Zhu is a tenured Professor of Biology at the University of Hartford. He received Ph.D. in Biology and Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University. He also received M.S. and B.S. in Ecology from Nanjing University in China. Prior to his professorship in 2009, Bin was a post-doctoral associate at Cornell University and a research scientist at the Finger Lakes Institute of the Hobart and Williams Smith Colleges.
Bin is an outstanding teacher and received two teaching excellence awards at his university. He implements DEI practices to promote learning and conducts and publishes scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). Bin’s research focuses on natural ecosystem health – invasive species, water pollution, and climate change. He was awarded research grants from various sources such as USGS and SePRO and has >30 publications. This year Bin was honored with the “Tonkin Award”, the most distinguished faculty award for scholarly creativity at the University of Hartford.
Currently, Bin is the Director of Environmental Studies Program and Interim Chair of the Biology Department. He has directed the university-wide interdisciplinary Environmental Studies Program for six years, created two new majors, and collaboratively worked with many chairs, faculty, and students from different disciplines. As the Chair, Bin devotes his time to mentoring junior faculty, curriculum change, program assessment, budget management, and student recruitment and retention. In his spare time, Bin enjoys hiking in nature.