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.
Serin D. Houston
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.
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 (1992) and Sudan’s Predicaments: Civil War, Displacement and Ecological Degradation (1999), Urban Environmental Health Risks: the Case of Ethiopia (2004), and Environment and Society in Ethiopia (2017).
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, Millette 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.
Rhodaline Forjwuor is the face of the Geology and Geography departments, who’s primary responsibility is to create a warm, friendly environment for faculty, staffs, students, parents and the general public. She also provides administrative support to all department members. Forjwuor's aim is to keep the department running while assisting students in making their lives more comfortable and less stressful whenever possible.
Steven R. Dunn
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.
Michelle J. Markley
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..
Mark McMenamin's research focuses on the origin of animals, other forms of complex life, the origin of land plants, and the Snowball Earth glaciation. His book Dynamic Paleontology (Springer, 2016) provides a new framework for the analysis and interpretation of ancient life. His undergraduate students publish in peer-review journals and in 2008 McMenamin directed the Keck Geology project to study the rocks of the Boston Basin. He also named the supercontinent Rodinia in The Emergence of Animals (Columbia University Press). McMenamin's research is featured in the History Channel’s program How the Earth Was Made.