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

Associate Professor

220C Wilson Hall
413-572-5776 office
413-572-8109 fax


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


Biology Education (Coordinator)
I serve as the academic advisor for biology education students and as a member of the Teacher Education Council (TEC) and its graduate sub-committee (TEC-GC). 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, teaching about science misconceptions, and connecting the Next Generation Science Standards to the Common Core.

Fall 2014 Teaching Schedule:

BIOL 128 LECTURE003Wilson 138TR 8:15-9:30
BIOL 390 LECTURE001Wilson 309M 4:30-7:00

Fall 2014 Office hours:


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 plan on incorporating these research methods into post-glacial investigations in the Northeastern United States. I enjoy discussing the topic of paleoecology with my students as a topical seminar course and as a graduate level course (BIOL 630). I have also developed an interest in other areas of ecosystem dynamics and can be found conducting canopy gap analyses in local forests.

BIOL 128, 129, 180
Seminars - Tropical Ecology, Paleoecology
***NEW COURSE*** BIOL 278 Biostatistics
BIOL 630 (graduate level) Climate Change

University Involvement

Teacher Education Council (TEC) and its graduate subcommittee (TEC-GC)
Biology Department Curriculum Committee Chair
Biology Department Assessment Committee
Faculty Athletic Representative
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