Earth and Geographic Sciences Faculty & Office Hours

Dr. Elizabeth Gordon

Dr. Elizabeth Gordon

Dr. Elizabeth Gordon, an oceanographer, joined the Earth and Geographic Sciences faculty in September 2007. Her research interests include geoscience education, marine biogeochemistry, and climate change. She has involved several students in oceanographic research, and is actively involved with the National Association of Geoscience Teachers.

Professor Gordon teaches courses in Oceanography, Meteorology, Climatology, and Earth Systems Science. She also co-teaches Climate Change and Human History, an interdisciplinary course that was developed with Professor Ben Lieberman (History). She engages students in coursework through field trips and service learning projects. She has also served as an advisor to the GeoClub.

Dr. Jane Huang

Dr. Jane Huang

Dr. Jane Huang is a broadly-trained geographer with a specialty in Geographic Information Science (GIS). Her research experience and wide-ranging interests in the application of geospatial technologies has brought many research and internship opportunities to her students in this fast-growing field.

Dr. Huang and her student teams have been awarded multiple interdisciplinary research grants in GIS teaching, research, and community service projects. The topics of the projects range from:

  • Community de-leading
  • Watershed trail surveying and mapping
  • Regional housing market mapping analysis
  • Broadband high-speed internet distribution mapping
  • GPS survey of local traffic congestions
  • Community crime hotspots mapping analysis
  • Urban structure study
  • Regional economic development mapping

Dr. Huang has presented her GIS research projects at both international and local conferences and workshops.

Dr. Bruce Duncan

Dr. Bruce Duncan

Dr. Bruce Duncan interrupted a 7.5 year stint as a computer programmer to serve as a volunteer at the 18th St. Neighborhood Center in Wheeling, WV, after which he began his studies in physics.

His PhD (University of Connecticut) was on the production of ultra-cold (~10 µK) rubidium atoms in the 5D5/2 state.

He was a visitor at Union College in Schenectady, NY, before coming to Fitchburg State, where he is now an associate professor. Dr. Duncan has taught general physics, calculus-based physics, and astronomy courses, as well as:

  • Independent Studies in Calculus-based Intro Physics
  • Modern Physics
  • Optics
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Physics of Music
  • Cosmology

In 2015 he stepped down as chair after eight years.

Dr. Reid Parsons

Dr. Reid Parsons

Dr. Reid Parsons is a planetary scientist who studies the climate of Mars. He was a postdoctoral scholar at the NASA Ames Research Center in California investigating the formation of river-cut valleys on Mars. “Studying Earth’s neighbors in the Solar System gives you an appreciation for how unique this planet is, and how good we have it,” he says.

Reid’s teaching and research interests include:

  • Planetary Science
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Geology
  • Energy & Sustainability

Dr. Jiang Yu

Dr. Jiang Yu

Dr. Jiang Yu is a professor of physics in the department since 1996. Her specialty is nuclear and particle physics and physics education.

She regularly teaches physics courses and is active in the physics education area, serving on national committees creating physics exams and setting scoring standards, consulting for organizations such as the College Board and the National Math and Science Initiatives to high school physics teachers on curriculum, instruction, and syllabi matters and audits.

She also regularly teaches summer physics institutes to in-service teachers, and is a juror for the annual United States Invitational Young Physicist Tournament which encourages high school students’ engagement of experimental physics research worldwide.

Dr. Lawrence Guth

Dr. Lawrence Guth

Dr. Lawrence Guth was turned to a life of geology at the tender age of 5 after he was given fossil trilobites and a rock hammer for his birthday.

Since then, Dr. Guth has concentrated his teaching and scholarly activities on the geological sciences. He has taught introductory courses, as well as upper levels such as geology, geomorphology, common rocks and minerals, and map use and interpretation.

Dr. Guth has served as the GeoClub advisor, and as departmental representative to the college’s Learning and Technology Roundtable.

Department Location & Office Hours

Location: Science Center, Condike Science Wing
Chairperson: Dr. Elizabeth Gordon, CDSC-220A or 978-665-3083
Secretary: Melissa Barrette, 978-665-3246
Admissions Office: 978-665-3144 or admissions@fitchburgstate.edu

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