Melissa Hage

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Melissa Hage

Assistant Professor

(608) 355-5223
Office Hours / Schedule 

Wednesday 10:00 - 11:00 am

Tuesday and Thursday 3:30 - 4:30 pm

By appointment


I joined the faculty at UW-Baraboo/Sauk County in Fall 2013 after being a visiting Professor at Willamette University in Salem, OR.  Prior to that I was at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville working towards my M.S. and Ph.D.  My interdisciplinary-based research primarily centers on examining geology, chemistry and biology to answer questions about the types of feedback between different Earth systems and the relative roles of these systems in the evolution of the early Earth. Current research focuses on the petrographic, geochemical and iron isotopic analysis of banded iron formation, a type of chemical sediment formed in the oceans during the early days of Earth’s history (i.e., from about 3.7 to 1.9 billion years ago). These sediments provide valuable information about what the oceans and atmosphere were like when life may have evolved on Earth.

Outside of the classroom I enjoy playing outdoors (hiking, camping, running, kayaking, etc), cooking, and reading. 

Advice for students:  Do one thing every day that scares you.  "You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." - A.A. Milne


Curriculum Vitae 

Hage, M., Kamber, B., Fedo, C. and Whitehouse, M. Evidence for an oceanic oxycline and oxidative continental weathering in the Late Paleoproterozoic based on U-Pb-REE systematics in banded iron formation. In prep.

Hage, M., Usui, T., Fedo, C., and Whitehouse, M. Using pyroxene and amphibole compositions to determine protolith of > 3.65 Ga quartz-amphibole-pyroxene rocks from Akilia, SW Greenland. In prep.

Hage, M., Uhle, M., and Macko, S. 2007. Biomarker and stable isotope characterization of coastal pond organic matter, McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica. Astrobiology 7, 645-661.

Olson, M., Hage, M., Binkley, M. and Binder, J. 2005. Impact of migratory snow geese on nitrogen and phosphorus dynamics in a freshwater reservoir. Freshwater Biology 50, 882-890.


Ph.D  Earth and Planetary Sciences     University of Tennessee, Knoxville

M.S.  Earth and Planetary Sciences     University of Tennessee, Knoxville

B.A.  Geology and Biology                     Franklin and Marshall College