Professor and Chair 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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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Professor of Geology and Geography
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.
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Instructor in Geography, Geoprocessing Lab Manager, and GIS Specialist
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My roles include curating the department mineral collection, Operating the Scanning Electron Microscope, Operation and maintenance of Mossbauer Lab, and managing the Rock Room.
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Since 1987, I have worked with outstanding faculty and wonderful students. I assist our Chairman in the required business and administration of our department. Our department is a "home base" for our majors and minors and I strive to make it a welcoming atmosphere where students can come and ask questions about policies, procedures, classes and also have a cookie! I truly enjoy watching our students mature and progress in their chosen field and would like to believe that I had some small part in their success.
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