William Harrison

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William B. Harrison III
Director of Michigan Geological Repository for Research and Education
(269) 387-8691
(269) 387-5513
MGRRE (Core Lab) - 5272 W Michigan Ave, Mail Stop 5241
Mailing address: 
Department of Geosciences
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5241 USA
  • Ph.D., University of Cincinnati, 1974
  • M.A., University of South Florida, 1969
  • B.A., University of South Florida, 1968
Research interests: 
  • Energy resources
  • Michigan basin geology

Dr. William Harrison is professor emeritus in the Department of Geosciences at Western Michigan University. He is also director of the Michigan Geological Repository for Research and Education. Harrison is interested in the Michigan basin and preservation of geological data and samples.

Harrison began his career at Western in 1973. Although he retired from teaching in 2003, he continues his work as a research professor and director of the repository which he founded in 1982. He is:

  • Director of the Michigan Center, Midwest Region and Petroleum Technology Transfer Council
  • A member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Paleontological Society, Society for Sedimentary Geology and Michigan Basin Geological Society

He proudly served on several AAPG committees such as:

  • Academic Liaison Committee
  • Distinguished Lecture Series Committee
  • Committee on Meetings
  • Cores and Sample Preservation Committee
  • Organizing Committee (1994)

Harrison served:

  • Several terms in the House of Delegates
  • As president of the Michigan Basin Geological Society
  • As general chairman (2001) and co-general chairman (2010) for the Eastern Section AAPG Annual Meeting

In his 30 year teaching career, he supervised and served on student committees for over 50 master's and 10 doctoral students. He has published over 35 technical papers on Michigan geology and authored or co-authored over 70 technical presentations at conferences, professional meetings and workshops.

Harrison received:

  • An honorary doctorate from the University of Latvia
  • The WMU Distinguished Service Award
  • The WMU Outstanding Educator Award
  • An honorary membership from the Michigan Basin Geological Society
  • The AAPG Public Service Award
  • The John T. Galey Award
  • The AAPG House of Delegates Long Service Award from eastern section of AAPG
  • The Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of South Florida