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Michael Young

Professor Mike Young

Associate Professor (Wilson 309A)
(413) 572-5741 :


  • M.S., Oregon State University, in mathematics (1994)
  • ABD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in geology (1984)
  • M.S., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in physics (1982)
  • M.S., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in astronomy (1981)
  • M.S., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, in geophysics (1979)
  • B.A., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, in mathematics (1977)
  • B.Phys., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, in physics, with high distinction (1975)

Courses Recently Taught:

  • ASTR 0101 Astronomy
  • ASTR 0105 The Solar System
  • GEOL 0101/0102 Physical Geology
  • GEOL 0124 Geologic Hazards
  • PHSC 0101 Intro to Physics

Professional Interests/Activities:
Professor Young has been at WSU since Fall 1984.  His interests include Quaternary geology, gemorphology, and archaeoastronomy and he is a member of the Geological Society of America and the National Association of Geoscience Teachers.  Recent conferences include a workshop on using case studies to teach science (Buffalo, NY, Sept 2016), and the Northeastern Section meeting of the GSA (Albany, NY, Mar, 2016).  He helped to organize the Fall 2008 meeting of the New England Intercollegiate Geology Conference, which was held here at WSU.  Previously he's attended a number of NSF-sponsored Chautauqua courses, including Marscape: The Channeled Scablands (Wenatchee, WA, 2004), Paleobiology of the Dinosaurs (Grand Junction, CO, 1997), and Archaeoastronomy of Mesoamerica (Mexico City, 1995).  He's served on the Board of Directors of the Westfield River Watershed Association since 1999, including three years as president, and also volunteers as a corridor monitor for two sections of the Appalachian Trail in western MA and as a trail maintainer for a segment of the Escarpment Trail in the Catskills of southeastern NY.