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Greenfield Community College

Greenfield Community College

Science Faculty & Staff

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

Trisha Basford


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.

Amy Ehmann

Engineering, Math

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.

Natalie Feliciano

Laboratory Safety Officer

B.S., University of Rochester
M.S., University of Massachusetts

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Natalie Feliciano has an undergraduate degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Rochester and a Masters Degree in Plant Biology from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.  Natalie has previously worked in labs at Amherst College, Northwestern University and the University of California, San Francisco.  Of all of these colleges Natalie loves GCC by far the best.  When not acting as Science Goddess, Natalie loves cooking, kayaking and exploring the natural wonders and cultural quirkiness of New England.

Amanda Hyde

General Biology/Natural Science

B.S., Muskingum College
M.S., University of Nevada

S419A 775-1450

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.

Ted Johnson


B.S., Northeastern University
M.Ed., Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

S419D 775-1429

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.

Teresa Jones

Co-Chair, Science Department
Plant Biology/Renewable Energy

B.A., Yale University
M.A., University of Massachusetts

S419B 775-1462

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.

Richard Little

Professor Emeritus/Geology

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.

Susan Markush

Nutrition/Human Anatomy & Physiology

P.A., Nova Southeastern University, M.Ed., Harvard University

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Susan Markush teaches Anatomy and Physiology and Human Nutrition. She received her Physician’s Assistant (PA) degree from Nova Southeastern University in Florida and her Master’s in Science Education from Harvard University. She has worked in numerous emergency rooms throughout New England as a PA and was the Health Manager for Franklin and Hampshire Head Start Programs. When not at GCC, she can be found horseback riding, gardening, parenting her kids and fixing up her old farmhouse.

Alysha Putnam

STEM Special Programs Coordinator

A.S. Holyoke Community College
B.A., M.S. Smith College

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Alysha Putnam is the STEM Special Programs Coordinator for Greenfield Community College. As a first generation college student who also attended community college, she has a strong passion for assisting students through their educational experience in STEM. She earned her Associates in Biology at Holyoke Community College, a Bachelors in Biology and Environmental Science and Policy and her Master’s of Science in Biology with a focus on Marine Ecology from Smith College. She enjoys experimental design and conducting field work studying invertebrates in the rocky intertidal in New England. Aside from her passion for science and helping students, she enjoys running, hiking, scuba diving, and gardening.

Anthony Reiber

Natural Resources Senior Special Program Coordinator

B.S., Southern Illinois University
M.S., University of Massachusetts

S411 775-1366

Anthony Reiber is the Greenhouse/Lab Technician managing the greenhouse facility at GCC as well as the soil science instructor.  He received an 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.