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Thomas L. Millette calls himself "one of the green people on campus,"
meaning that he is a voice for the environment in policy decisions,
building plans, and curriculum development.
A specialist in the technology used for environmental study, Millette
also has training in forestry, physics, computer science, biology, ecology,
and planning—a broad background that enables him to conduct research
across a wide spectrum of disciplines in the search for a better understanding
of environmental stresses and responses.
Millette's research has included using satellite and GIS data to study
the causes, nature, and impact of land-cover change and forest degradation
in the Middle Mountains of the Nepalese Himalayas, in the mangrove forests
of the Sundarbans of northeast India, and on the Lake Champlain Basin
of Vermont, New York, and Southern Quebec. His publications include
"Integration of Remote Sensing and GIS Technologies for Planning."
His latest research interest is using remote sensing and GIS to model
forest fire potential in the Cibola National Forest, Albuquerque, New
Mexico. This research is cofunded by the Packard Foundation and the
USDA Forest Service.
Millette not only tackles "real
world" environmental challenges
but encourages students to do the same. His courses have very few traditional
lectures or labs and are always organized around a real environmental
problem or situation. As director of the Center for the Environment,
he also reaches out to students beyond his classes and beyond the
encouraging the entire MHC community to make wise environmental decisions
in all fields. In 1999 he won a $300,000 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Grant to support those campuswide, interdisciplinary efforts.
::: Event Details :::
Speaker: Thomas Millette
Date: Thursday, October 14, 2004
Location: Art Building, Gamble Auditorium, Mount Holyoke
Time: 4:30 p.m.
::: Directions :::
> To Gamble Auditorium
> Mount Holyoke
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