Faculty & Staff

  • James R. Besancon

    Associate Professor of Geosciences

    B.S., Yale University; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Continuing study of physical model and salt content of local community and campus water supply, ICP-OES analysis of water; Ion chromatography.


  • Dan Brabander

    Daniel J. Brabander

    Frost Professor in Environmental Science; Professor of Geosciences

    B.S., M.A., Binghamton University; Ph.D., Brown University

    Research interests: biogeochemistry, environmental geochemistry, and medical geology.


  • Kathleen W. Gilbert

    Instructor in Geosciences Laboratory

    B.A., Smith College; M.S., University of Miami

    Focused on stable isotope geochemistry and physical geology.


  • David P. Hawkins

    Associate Professor of Geosciences

    B.A., Clark University; M.A., George Washington University; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Researches mechanisms and time scales of plutonic construction; connections between magma chambers, plutons, and volcanic centers in space and time; tectonic assembly of North America; and combining trace element compositon and U-Pb dates of detrital zircon crystals to more closely fingerprint the provenance of clastic sedimentary rocks.


  • Katrin Monecke

    Assistant Professor of Geosciences

    B.S., M.S., University of Hannover (Germany); Ph.D., Institute of Technology (Zurich, Switzerland)

    Sedimentation of tsunami deposits in Southeast Asia, and surficial geology of varied other environments.


  • Rita Purcell

    Rita Purcell

    Administrative Assistant

    Administrative Assistant for Geosciences and Computer Science


  • Maria Waller

    Instructor in Geosciences Laboratory

    B.A., Wellesley College; M.S., University of Massachusetts

    Teaches geosciences labs; Committed to giving students an appreciation for earth processes and an understanding of their impacts.


Faculty Emerita

  • Margaret D. Thompson

    Professor Emerita of Geosciences

    B.A., Smith College; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University

    Retired from teaching at Wellesley, now pursuing full-time research with collaborators at MIT, University of Massachusetts and Acadia University (NS). Outreach to students and adults.