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Mark Thomson, PhD

Mark Thomson, PhD

Physical Sciences
Phone: (231) 591-5895
Email: [email protected]


  • PhD, Colorado State University, Inorganic Chemistry
  • BS, University of Utah, Chemistry


Dr. Mark Thomson is currently a Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Physical Science where he teaches courses in general chemistry and is the coordinator for BS Industrial Chemistry Program. He has served the Western Michigan Section of the ACS as Councilor since 2007 and as a member of the ACS Speaker Service, providing talks on the role of chemistry in the fermentation of beer, wine, and mead. His current research interests include improving chemistry education at the college level and small-scale fermentation, especially as it relates to indigenous and native South and Central American fermented beverages such as Chicha (Peru), Mavi (Puerto Rico), and Balche and Pulque (Mexico).

Publications and Intellectual Contributions

  • Book Chapter
    Thomson, M., Killian, W. (2014). "Transitioning Culture: Teaching and Modeling Workplace Behavior," Academia and Industrial Pilot Plant Operations and Safety. (1163). pp. 53-58. American Chemical Society.


  • Oral Presentation
    Thomson, M. (Author & Presenter), 258th National Meeting, "Preparing for a safe workplace culture: Learning and modeling behavior," American Chemical Society, San Diego, CA, (August 2019).
  • Oral Presentation
    Johnson, J., Stone, M., Thomson, M., New Faculty Transition Program, "Strategies for Classroom Management," Ferris State University, Big Rapids, (November 2011).