Michael Massey

Assistant Professor

Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences

(510) 885-3439
North Science building, room 352
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Michael Massey is an assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. He teaches primarily Environmental Science (ENSC) courses, and his research focuses on soil and water chemistry. Other scientific interests include water and wastewater treatment, hazardous waste management, agricultural waste management, and space exploration.

Professional Focus

Mike's professional focus is natural science and environmental science education and research. An understanding of the natural world and natural/human processes that alter the environment is crucial for 21st century citizens and scientists. Aside from the classroom, teaching laboratory, and field, Mike's disciplinary research specialty is the environmental chemistry of nutrients and contaminants in soil. He uses spectroscopy (measuring how light interacts with matter) to study natural processes and mechanisms. In particular, Mike focuses on x-ray spectroscopy using instruments ranging from handheld x-ray analyzers all the way to large particle accelerators (e.g., the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory).


  • Ph.D., Stanford University
  • M.S., Colorado State University
  • B.A., Stanford University


Fall Quarter 2017
Course #SecCourse TitleDaysFromToLocationCampusTextbook Info
ENSC 420001Global ChangeMW10:00AM11:50AMSC-N119Hayward Campus View Books


For a relatively up-to-date list of publications, check out Google Scholar and ResearchGate!

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