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About PSLA

The Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture (PSLA) is a multidisciplinary community of faculty, staff, and students working towards fulfilling UConn's land grant mission of education, research and extension. We believe that the diverse expertise, experiences, interests, values and beliefs, and backgrounds of our community enriches and strengthens us as a department. Through collaboration, curiosity, and innovation, we work to design and manage sustainable landscapes, restore natural habitats, and maintain healthy soils. Together, we can solve the complex problems of planning vibrant communities and designing places of value; while protecting and restoring our natural resources. We strive to develop actionable and collaborative research projects that address “real world” problems as they apply to sustainable development.

In line with the strategic vision areas identified by the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, our work seeks to:

  • Ensure a vibrant and sustainable agricultural industry and food supply
  • Enhance health and well-being locally, nationally, and globally
  • Promote diversity, equity, and inclusion through anti-racist approaches
  • Advance adaptation and resilience in a changing climate
  • Foster sustainable landscapes across urban-rural interfaces

We acknowledge that the land on which we work within Connecticut is the territory of the Mohegan, Mashantucket Pequot, Eastern Pequot, Schaghticoke, Golden Hill Paugussett, Nipmuc, and Lenape Peoples, who have stewarded this land throughout the generations. We thank them for their strength and resilience in protecting this land and aspire to uphold our responsibilities according to their example.