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Tom Manley

Professor Emeritus

Tom Manley received his doctorate from Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University in physical oceanography of mesoscale dynamics in the Arctic Ocean and Greenland Sea. He began teaching at Middlebury College in the Fall of 1990. Tom teaches Oceanography, Coastal Processes and multi-dimensional visualization courses. His work is in the hydrodynamics of Lake Champlain and the Buffalo River. This work has management implications and is often used by municipalities in how best to preserve and keep Lake Champlain healthy.




Course List: 

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GEOL 0161 - Earth's Oceans and Coastlines      

Earth’s Oceans and Coastlines
In this course we explore our planet’s oceans and coastlines through the interdisciplinary study of marine geology, physics, biology, and chemistry. We use these fields as lenses through which we examine our reliance on the oceans for climate stability, food, economic resources, and waste dispersal, among a host of other ecosystem services. In parallel, we explore how humans are fundamentally altering coastal and marine ecosystems, posing unequally distributed, but increasingly severe threats to ocean and human health. In labs, we make use of the college’s research vessel, the R/V Folger, and learn quantitative data visualization and analysis techniques. 3 hrs. lect., 3 hrs. lab/field trips DED SCI

Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2019

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GEOL 0500 - Readings And Research      

Readings and Research
Individual or group independent study, laboratory or field research projects, readings and discussion of timely topics in earth and environmental science. (Approval only)

Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Winter 2021

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GEOL 0700 - Senior Thesis Research      

Upon completion of GEOL 0400, all senior geology majors will continue their independent senior thesis research by taking one unit of GEOL 0700. This research will culminate in a written thesis which must be orally defended. (Approval only)

Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Winter 2021

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GEOL 1023 - Coastal Processes      

Coastal Processes
The coastline represents a highly variable and dynamic region between land and water, with periods of dynamic change from days (tides and storms) to hundreds of thousands of years (global sea level variations). In many parts of the world, mankind's present and/or desired use of these fragile and transitory boundaries often conflicts with how these regions should be managed. Though the use of various case studies, this course will focus on coastline structure, dynamic interaction between ocean and land, sea level rise, as well as past use and newer management practices. SCI WTR

Winter 2018, Winter 2019, Winter 2020

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Recent Publications

  1. Manley, P.L., T.O. Manley, K. Hayo and T.M. Cronin, (2011) Small-scale Lacustrine Drifts in Lake Champlain, Vermont, Journal of Great Lakes Research. doi:10.1016/j.jglr.2011.05.004
  2. Manley, T.O., M. McCormick, J-C. Gascard, P. Tillier; K. L Hunkins, P. L. Manley (2011) An Initial View of Subsurface Lagrangian Observations in Lake Champlain; General Patterns, Cross-lake Flow and Coastal Currents. Journal of Great Lakes Research.
  3. Manley, T.O., (2010) Drifters, Drogues, and Circulation, Oceanography, December 2010, p. 165-171.
  4. Manley, P.L.  and T.O. Manley, In a Slump, 2009, Professional Surveyors Magazine, vol. 29, p. 18-20

Department of Geology

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