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Amy D. Cabaniss
Visiting Assistant Extension Educator
Coordinator, Conservation Ambassador Program (CAP)

Department of Natural Resources & the Environment

University of Connecticut
1376 Storrs Road, U-4087
Storrs, CT 06269-4087

Office: Young 230
Phone: (860) 486-5239

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Ph.D. Antioch University New England – Environmental Studies
M.B.A. University of New Haven – Management and Organization
B.S. University of New Hampshire - Environmental Conservation 

Recent Experience

2019 -
Visiting Assistant Extension Educator & NRCA CAP Coordinator, Department of Natural Resources & the Environment, University of Connecticut
2015 -
Adjunct Faculty, School of Business, MBA Program, Southern Connecticut State University - Business Ecology and Sustainability; The Research Project
2018 -
Adjunct Faculty, Biology Department, Eastern Connecticut State University - Conservation Biology
Adjunct Faculty, Harrington School of Communication and Media, Department of Communications, University of Rhode Island - Fundamentals of Communication; Persuasion: The Rhetoric of Influence
2018-2019 Outreach Coordinator (Spring semesters), Office of Sustainability, University of Rhode Island
Research Associate & Youth STE[A]M Education Coordinator, URI Cooperative Extension, College of the Environment and Life Sciences, University of Rhode Island
Adjunct Faculty, STEM/Life Sciences Department, Mitchell College – Marine Ecology; Special Topics in Environmental Studies: Conservation Psychology; Introduction to Environmenta Studies

Extension & Research Interests

In my Natural Resources Conservation Academy Program Coordinator position (NRCA;, I’m responsible for orchestrating CAP, the Conservation Ambassador Program, for Connecticut high school students interested in natural resources and environmental science. This unique program combines an immersive summer (weeklong) field experience led by UConn faculty, and community conservation projects for which students are paired with local environmental conservation groups. General research interests lay in conservation biology and human dimensions of wildlife; environmental education and communication; conservation psychology; and business sustainability. Specifically, my research has focused on applying behavior change theories and social marketing to environmental communications messages for the purpose of motivating environmentally-responsible behaviors.

Selected Publications

Cassel, S. and Cabaniss, A. D. (forthcoming, summer 2020) Lanham, MD: Perspectives on product stewardship. Bernan Press/Rowman & Littlefield Publishing.

Cabaniss, A. D. (2018). Handbook on household hazardous waste (2nd ed.). Lanham, MD: Bernan Press/Rowman & Littlefield Publishing.

Cabaniss, A. D. (2008). Handbook on household hazardous waste. Lanham, MD: Government Institutes Press/Rowman & Littlefield Publishing.


Department of Natural Resources and the Environment
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
University of Connecticut
1376 Storrs Road, Unit 4087
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-4087
Phone: 860-486-2840