(Ph.D. University of New Mexico, 1987)
Williams earned a B.A. in geology from Amherst College, an M.S. from
the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. from the University of New
Mexico. He has been a faculty member at the University of Massachusetts
since 1987 and now serves as Head of the Department of Geosciences.
Mike's research is focused at the cross-roads of ductile structural
geology, metamorphic petrology, igneous petrology, and tectonics.
Much of his research has involved Precambrian rocks (southwestern
U.S.A. or northern Canada) but he has been increasingly involved with
rocks of western New England. Mike is particularly interested in finding
better ways to "read" the P-T-t-D (i.e. Pressure-Temperature-time-Deformation)
paths from deformed and metamorphosed rocks, and interpreting the
paths in terms of the tectonic history that produced them. He loves
field work but also loves working with the electron microprobe and