Dr. Mitch Wagener teaches climate ecology, entomology, and related courses at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. His research interests include the impact of historical events—such as the Industrial Revolution—on the environment.
Mitch began life in the Midwest, growing up a barefoot boy in the Ozarks and attending high school in Branson, Missouri—before it became so famous. After spending a year as an exchange student in Chiang Mai, Thailand, he attended the University of Missouri. After receiving a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife, he moved to Fairbanks, Alaska to at-tend graduate school. Mitch received a masters degree in Stream Ecology and a doctor-ate in Soil Ecology during his 13 years in Alaska. There, too, he met the lovely Rita Kaba-li, a native of Uganda, East Africa, to whom he has now been married 34 years. They have two lively daughters, Rohanna 29 (a history teacher in an inner-city middle school) and Danika 21 (a student at Ithaca College).
Mitch enjoys—among other things—watching his daughter play lacrosse and explaining climate change to the public.
Ph.D. Soil Ecology. August 1995. University of Alaska Fairbanks.
M.S. Stream Ecology. December, 1984. University of Alaska Fairbanks.
B.S. cum laude. Fisheries and Wildlife. May, 1981. University of Missouri, Columbia.
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