People

Faculty

Michelle J. Markley on MHC Campus
Associate Professor and Chair 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..

413-538-2814
308 Clapp Laboratory
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Steven R. Dunn Professor of Geology
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.

413-538-2531
Clapp 309
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Girma Kebbede Professor of Geography
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.

413-538-2004
408A Clapp Laboratory
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Professor of Geology
413-538-2280
307B Clapp Laboratory
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Thomas Millette, Professor of Geography
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.

413-538-2813
411 Clapp Laboratory
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Alan Werner, Geology
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.

413-538-2134
312A Clapp Laboratory
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Staff

Instructor in Geography, Geoprocessing Lab Manager, and GIS Specialist
413-538-3237
412 Clapp Laboratory
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Gerard Marchand

Geology Technician

My roles include curating the department mineral collection, Operating the Scanning Electron Microscope, Operation and maintenance of Mossbauer Lab, and managing the Rock Room.

413-538-3173
9 Clapp Laboratory
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Geology Lab Director
413-538-3236
321 Clapp Laboratory
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Cecile Vasquez

Department Coordinator

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.

413-538-2278
304 Clapp Laboratory
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Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.