Mark D. Busa
Professor, Physical and Earth Sciences
Office Location: Wheaton 217
Office Hours: Mondays & Wednesdays 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Mondays 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Mark D. Busa, professor of physics and physical sciences, came to Middlesex Community College in fall 2000, after years of working in industry and pursuing degrees in geology.
Mark graduated from New Mexico Tech with a BS degree in geology, and then went to work for Western Geophysical Company doing exploration seismology in the Williston Basin area of western North Dakota. Following that, he worked for a small oil company in Carlsbad, New Mexico, logging oil wells in southwest Texas.
Mark returned to Connecticut and taught at Talcott Mountain Science Center in Avon. Then, he went to work in the civil engineering and environmental engineering business, using his subsurface geology skills. For 16 years, he was a project geologist working on dams, roadways, bridges, and hydrogeological investigations. During that time, he began teaching as an adjunct instructor for Quinebaug Valley Community College and the University of New Haven. Also, during this time completed his master’s degree and Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut.
His research work at the University of Connecticut consisted of field studies and detailed sectioning of large staurolite porphyroblasts. These studies are used to understand the growth and deformation history of the rocks in the Bolton syncline of eastern Connecticut.
Since the fall of 2009, Mark has been collecting rocks from two locations in central New Mexico: 1) the Tertiary (25-40 million year old) volcanics in the Socorro caldera, from Nogal Canyon south of Socorro; and 2) the upper Pennsylvanian/lower Permian sedimentary rocks in the Quebradas, east of the Rio Grande. He is organizing photographs, hand samples and thin sections to create a virtual field trip of these two locations for his students.
Mark also is working with students to collect samples of conglomerates and fanglomerates in the Jurassic Portland Arkose. Identification of the metamorphic clasts in these rocks are used to document the metamorphic grade of rocks in the eastern uplands during the Jurassic when rocks at the surface were being eroded and deposited into the faulting Hartford Basin.
From his work experience in hydrogeology, Mark is still interested in new techniques to investigate the subsurface, especially geophysical tools. He often invites local consulting and service firms to visit the MxCC campus and demonstrate some of these tools with his students.
Mark teaches a wide variety of classes at MxCC, including General Physics I and II, Introductory Physics, Introduction to Physical Geology, Earth Science, Natural Disasters, Earth Resources, and, on occasion ,some other physical science courses such as Principles of Astronomy, Introduction to Environmental Science, and Introduction to Engineering.
He works closely with Professor Christine Witkowski in our Environmental Science program, and with Professor Hubert Godin in our pathway programs in Technology Studies and Engineering Science.