Construction and paving work will soon begin to improve Ely Road and the adjacent parking lot behind the apartments on campus. Beginning July 9, the parking lot will be closed.


Jennifer A. Hanselman, Ph.D. (Chair)

Jennifer Hanselman at the beach

Associate Professor and Chair
220-C Wilson Hall
Office:  413.572.5776 
Fax:      413.572.8109 

University Involvement
  • Biology Education Program Coordinator
  • Faculty Athletic Representative 

B.S., Florida Institute of Technology, Science Education/Biology
M.S., Florida Institute of Technology, Environmental Education/Conservation Biology option
Ph.D., Florida Institute of Technology, Ecology & Conservation Biology
Joined Westfield State University in 2008

Research Specialization

Paleoecology:  My dissertation research included a 370,000 yr record of vegetation and fire history around Lake Titicaca (Bolivia/Peru). I also conducted a modern analog study in which pollen, charcoal, and limnological data were collected from 35+ lakes in Peru and Bolivia along an elevational gradient. I have also developed an interest in other areas of ecosystem dynamics and can be found conducting gap analyses in local forests.  

STEM Literacy:  I am frequently conducting outreach in K-12 schools on ecological topics, especially climate change.  In addition, I partner with Westfield State's Center for Teacher Education and Research (CENTER) to offer teacher workshops. I present on pedagogical topics such as shifting lessons toward inquiry, debunking science myths and misconceptions, and connecting the Next Generation Science Standards to the Common Core.

Off-campus Collaborations

Spring 2017 Courses:

BIOL 0289:  History and Nature of Scientific Knowledge (Seminar)

BIOL 0278:  Biostatistics

BIOL 0608:  Climate Change (graduate course)

Spring 2017 Office hours:

Monday, 8:15-9:05am; Tuesday, 1:30-3:15pm; or by appointment