Stephen E. Kaczmarek

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Stephen E. Kaczmarek
Assistant Professor of Geosciences
(269) 387-5479
1127 Rood Hall, Mail Stop 5241
Mailing address: 
Department of Geosciences
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5241 USA
  • Ph.D., Geology, Michigan State University, 2005
  • B.S., Geology, Michigan State University, 2000
Research interests: 
  • Carbonate Petrology

Dr. Kaczmarek is an assistant professor of geology and director of the Carbonate Petrology & Characterization Laboratory at Western Michigan University. His research focuses on understanding the physical and chemical processes involved with the formation of carbonate rocks. He is especially interested in the process of dolomitization. His work utilizes high-temperature laboratory experiments along with various analytical instruments, including X-ray diffractometry (XRD), X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy (XRF), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), thin-section petrography (TSP), atomic force microscopy (AFM), as well as elemental and stable isotope (C & O) geochemistry. His research is supported by the National Science Foundation and through industry sponsorships.

After earning his Ph.D., Kaczmarek worked as a research scientist for ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (2005-2011). There, he investigated limestone petrogenesis, taught a variety of courses, and worked on exploration and production projects all over the world. After leaving ExxonMobil, he returned to academia as an assistant professor of geology at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts (2011-2015), and is now at WMU.

Dr. Kaczmarek routinely referees manuscripts for more than a dozen scientific journals and grant funding agencies worldwide. He also serves an Associate Editor for the Journal of Sedimentary Research, which is published by the Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM).

Current Research Projects:

•   Dolomite nucleation and growth kinetics
•   Controls on dolomite stoichiometry and cation ordering
•   Diagenetic controls on the origin of limestone microporosity
•   Application of XRF for sedimentary and paleoenvironmental research in the MI Basin
•   Unraveling the early diagenetic history of Eocene carbonates of Qatar


•   Physical Geology (GEOS 1300)
•   Sedimentation and Stratigraphy (GEOS 4350)
•   Carbonate and Evaporite Depositional Systems (GEOS 6460)
•   Carbonate Petrology (GEOS 6650)

Recent Publications

  • Kaczmarek, S.E. and Thornton, B. (2017) The effect of temperature on stoichiometry, cation ordering, and reaction rate in high-temperature dolomitization experiments, Chemical Geology,
  • Kaczmarek, S.E., Gregg, J.M. Bish, D., and Machel, H. (2017) Dolomite, very-high magnesium calcite, and microbes – implications for the microbial model of dolomitization, Characterization and Modeling of Carbonates - Mountjoy Symposium 1 (Eds. A. MacNeil, J. Lonnee, and R. Wood) SEPM Special Publication 109,
  • Winkelstern, I.Z., Kaczmarek, S.E., Lohmann, K.C., and Humphrey, J. (2016) Calibration of dolomite clumped isotope thermometry, Chemical Geology, v. 443, p. 32-38.
  • Kaczmarek, S.E., Fullmer, S., and Hasiuk, F.J. (2015) A universal classification scheme for the microcrystals that host limestone microporosity, Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 85, p. 1197-1212.
  • Kaczmarek, S.E. and Sibley, D.F. (2014) Direct physical evidence of dolomite recrystallization, Sedimentology, v. 61, no. 6, p. 1862-1882.

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