People

Faculty

Alan Werner

Chair and Geology and Geography; Professor of Geology

A specialist in glacial geology, environmental geology, and climate change, as well as a groundwater geologist, Alan Werner's research focuses on past environmental change. "Although we tend to think that planet Earth is stable and unchanging, in fact, the geologic record indicates that profound changes have taken place on a variety of timescales," says Werner. He studies records of climate change to document the nature and timing of climate events in various locations in the Arctic.

Alan Werner, Geology

Serin D. Houston

Assistant Professor of Geography and International Relations

Serin D. Houston’s research primarily examines questions of settlement, belonging, and social justice for migrant communities and transformations in urban spaces. Her four current projects include: an ethnography of Seattle, WA city government and their social justice, sustainability, and creativity policies and practices; a study of pro-immigrant sanctuary movements and sanctuary legislation; an analysis of climate migration; and an examination of “global/local” community engagement. Houston teaches courses on world regions, cities, migration, research methods, race, and sense of place/planet.

Serin D. Houston Assistant Professor of Geography and International Relations

Girma Kebbede

Professor of Geography

Girma Kebbede's research and teaching interests are the interrelations between politics and development, human dimensions of environmental change, and socio-economic and political causes and consequences of political conflicts in Africa. His books in these interests include The State and Development in Ethiopia and Sudan’s Predicaments: Civil War, Displacement and Ecological Degradation. His forthcoming scholarly publication, The Erosion of Ethiopia’s Natural Capital, deals with the degradation of Ethiopia’s environment and natural resource base.

Girma Kebbede Professor of Geography

Thomas Millette

Professor of Geography; Director, GeoProcessing Laboratory

Thomas L. Millette, is a geographer and geoprocessing specialist with broad research interests in the applications of remote sensing and GIS to environmental monitoring and management. Thomas has applied image processing of satellite data to a wide variety of environmental assessments. Most recently, Thomas has developed the Airborne Multispectral Imaging System (AIMS) to develop high resolution imagery (4.0 cm) to identify forest pests (Asian Longhorned Beetle and Wooly Adelgid), and to conduct thermal ungulate surveys (moose and deer) and habitat analysis . Thomas also collaborates with the Umass Microwave Remote Sensing Laboratory’s airborne radar interfermometry research program.

Thomas Millette, Professor of Geography

Staff

Eugenio Marcano

Instructor in Geography, Geoprocessing Lab Manager, and GIS Specialist

Rhodaline Forjwuor

Department Coordinator for Geology and Geography

Affiliated Faculty

Steven R. Dunn

Professor of Geology

Steve Dunn’s interests are in hard-rock geology, particularly the areas of metamorphic petrology and geochemistry. His favorite research focus is the geology of the 1.3-1.0 billion-year-old Grenville Province of southern Ontario. He maintains a geochemistry laboratory that includes a vacuum line for collecting CO2 from calcite and combusted graphite for stable isotope analysis. These data serve to constrain metamorphic temperatures and fluid-rock interactions. Dunn teaches courses on minerals, rocks, and environmental geology.

Steve Dunn

Michelle J. Markley

Associate Professor of Geology

As a structural geologist interested in the nature and timing of fabric development in both metamorphic and igneous rocks, Michelle Markley has packed her trusty rock hammer for field work in the Canadian Grenville, the Appalachian and Rocky Mountains, and overseas in the Southern Alps of New Zealand and the Western Alps of Switzerland. Markley’s teaching interests are diverse; she has taught courses on Appalachian geology, diamonds, earthquakes, structural geology, historical geology, and Uranium..

Michelle J. Markley on MHC Campus

Mark McMenamin

Professor of Geology