The Science Department is staffed by seven full time faculty, a Laboratory Safety Officer, a STEM Special Programs Coordinator, and a Natural Resource Special Programs Coordinator who oversees the Outdoor Learning Lab and GCC Meadow Farm Garden. In addition, a diverse group of adjunct faculty teach many of the science department classes and labs. These adjuncts have tremendous expertise and depth in their fields of study and bring an exceptional level of knowledge and professionalism to the department.
Full-time faculty & staff
A.S., Schenectady County Community College
B.S., SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Ph.D., Western Michigan University
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Trisha Basford teaches General Chemistry I and II and Organic Chemistry I and II. She is also Co-Chair of the Science Department. Trish has an undergraduate degree in environmental chemistry from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and a doctorate in Chemistry (concentration in Biochemistry) from Western Michigan University, as well as a degree in culinary arts from Schenectady County Community College.
B.S., M.S., Pennsylvania State University
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Amy Ehmann is a professor of engineering, math and physics. She received her bachelor’s in astrophysics and her master’s in geosciences from Penn State. Before landing as a scientist she immersed herself in the violin, film, pottery and writing. She used to have hobbies but now she spends all of her time outside of work wrangling her two wonderful, adorable boys.
General Biology/Natural Science
B.S., Muskingum College
M.S., University of Nevada
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Amanda Hyde teaches Biology 126 and 127 and joined us in the summer of 2012. She received her B.S. in Biology from Muskingum College in Ohio and her M.S. in Biology from the University of Nevada in Reno. Some of her graduate research included studies of behavioral ecology in her favorite charismatic microfauna (kangaroo rats) and megafauna (bighorn sheep). When not teaching she can be found (depending on the weather) either knitting, spinning and weaving or hiking, skiing and biking.
B.S., Northeastern University
M.Ed., Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
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Ted Johnson teaches Physics, Astronomy, and Meteorology as well as coordinates the Engineering program. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering, an MS in Science Education, 12 years of engineering experience, and several decades of teaching experience. He brings experience in solar building design, amateur radio work, computer applications, artificial intelligence and vision work, and engineering experience in meteorological weather balloons, piezoelectric transducer design and fabrication, resinate deposition based ceramic microcircuits, commercial radio transmitters and repeaters, antenna design, as well as business experience as an industrial process consultant and troubleshooter. He has taught courses in electronic circuit design, both analog and digital, most programming languages, robotics – motion and vision, several levels of physics – classical and modern, electrical wiring, astronomy, meteorology, and industrial electronic control systems. His work experience includes Raytheon, Sprague Electric, US Sonics Corp, General Electric, Mount Anthony Vocational Center, Vermont Department of Labor and Industry, Berkshire Community College, Westfield State College, Community College of Vermont and Greenfield Community College.
Co-Chair, Science Department
Plant Biology/Renewable Energy
B.A., Yale University
M.A., University of Massachusetts
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Teresa Jones graduated from Yale University in New Haven, CT, with a double degree in Environmental Studies and History. She received her master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in Plant Biology. She has worked as a science reporter and co-authored a book on asthma. She began teaching at the high school level before coming to GCC in 1999. She currently teaches Botany and Sustainable Energy courses, and was awarded a 2013 Green Giant Award by the Western Mass Green Building Group for her work in the green energy and building field.
B.A., Clark University
M.A., University of Southern California
Richard Little taught geology and oceanography at GCC full time for 34 years before semi-retiring in 2004. He has published articles, written books and produced videos in the geoscience field, has taught many additional courses, workshops and presentations at other institutions, and runs his own geology tour business. Dick has a B.A. from Clark University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California. He is past President of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers, past Chairman of the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District, and Vice President and past president of the Pioneer Valley Institute. He was inducted into the Massachusetts Science Educator Hall of Fame in May of 2004.
Nutrition/Human Anatomy & Physiology
Susan Markush teaches Anatomy and Physiology and Lifestyle, Health and Medicine. She received her Physician’s Assistant (PA) degree from Nova Southeastern University in Florida and her Master’s in Science Education from Harvard University. Before teaching, she was an emergency room PA and the Health Director for Head Start.
STEM Special Programs Coordinator
B.A., Mount Holyoke College
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Deidre Murphy is the STEM Special Programs Coordinator for Greenfield Community College. She has a background working in public health and social work as well as teaching and community development abroad. Deidre enjoys working with students to help them balance their work and personal commitments with their identities as students and scientists. As a former student at GCC, she is thrilled to come to work every day and help students navigate education and career pathways to pursue their goals. Deidre enjoys hiking with her dog Frank, camping and cooking for loved ones.
Natural Resources Senior Special Program Coordinator
Anthony Reiber is the Natural Resources Special Program Coordinator and teaches soil science and horticulture. He received an M.S. in Wetland Conservation from the University of Massachusetts and a B.S. in Plant and Soil Science from Southern Illinois University. His experience in greenhouse and nursery production with the New England Wildflower Society and New England Wetland Plants concentrated on producing native plant species specifically for habitat restoration and natural landscaping. In addition he started his own growing operation to provide plant material for the largest wetland restoration project in New England.
Assistant Professor - Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology
B.S., University of Rhode Island
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Jennifer Williams earned degrees in Zoology and Ecology, with her doctoral thesis on social behavior of chimpanzees at Jane Goodall’s long term study site in Tanzania. Ask her about it sometime! Jen grew up in the hilltowns of Franklin County, and after returning to the area to raise a family, joined GCC as an adjunct faculty member teaching a variety of science courses. Jen now teaches Microbiology, and Anatomy and Physiology. She and her family have a small organic apple orchard, as well as gardens and chickens that provide a lot of food every year. Jen also spends a lot of time in the woods with her dogs, and practices Silat, an Indonesian martial art.