• Dr. Julie Stein gives a seminar talk

    Dr. Julie Stein, an alumna, Executive Director of the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Washington, gives a talk for the department's seminar series, which hosts over 25 speakers a year.

  • Dan Rogers, Director of Environmental Affairs at Amsted Industries, Inc., presents his research to a large crowd of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff and industry members as part of the department's annual seminar series.

The Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at Western Michigan University sponsors a Seminar Series, student proposal sessions and thesis and dissertation defenses. On this page, you will find details about department events like Advisory Council meetings, Seminar Series, thesis and dissertation proposals and defenses and other recurring and non-recurring events. See the information provided below for a list of dates, topics and descriptions, and check back frequently for updates.

Seminar Series

For over a decade, the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at Western Michigan University has hosted its annual Seminar Series. The Seminar Series takes place on a weekly basis and hosts a wide variety of visiting scientists who give presentations on a wide array of geological issues. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the community are all welcome to attend these free events.

Note: More seminars are currently being planned. Check back frequently for updates.

Spring 2018 Seminar Series

All seminars take place on Monday afternoons from 4 to 5 p.m. in 1118 Rood Hall.

Jan. 22 | Engineered microbial platforms for phosphorus sustainability: ensuring food security and clean water for future generations
Andro Mondala, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Paper Engineering, Western Michigan University

Jan. 29 | Career Opportunities for Geology Students from a State Government Perspective
Sara Pearson, CPG, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Remediation and Redevelopment Division

Feb. 5 | Strategic Minerals
Brian Shaw, Geologist and Deputy Provost for Academic Affairs, National Defense University

Feb. 12 | Strengthening the Role of Geoscience in Public Decision-making
David W. Szymanski, Associate Professor of Geology, Bentley University

Feb. 19 | Achieving Inclusion through Technology-Enhanced, Field-Based Research Experiences for Persons with Disabilities
Christopher Atchison, Associate Professor of Geoscience Education and Executive Director of the International Association for Geoscience Diversity, University of Cincinnati

Feb. 26 | Electrical Hydrogeology: A Picture is Worth 1000 Wells
Todd Halihan, Professor of Geology, Oklahoma State University

March 12 | An Interdisciplinary Approach Towards Understanding Lake Effect Precipitation Using Stale Isotopes and Remote Sensing
Shelby Hurst, Doctoral student, Dissertation Proposal

March 19 | Discovering Hidden Folds and Faults in the Precambrian: Refining Baraboo interval stratigraphy and deformation in Southern WI
Esther Stewart, Wisconsin Geological Survey

April 9 | Climax-type porphyry molybdenum deposits; an example of how detailed investigations can advance geological understandings
Roger C. Steininger, Ph.D., Chief Geoscience Officer, NuLegacy Gold Corporation

Spring 2018 events

More events are currently being planned. Check back frequently for updates.

March 21 | Geochemical and petrological investigation of the prospective Ni-Cu-PGE mineralization at the Echo Lake Intrusion in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, USA
Alex Koerber, Thesis Defense, noon, 1120 Rood Hall

March 22 | Geologic Mapping of the Bronson North and Bronson South 7.5-Minute Quadrangles, Branch County, Michigan
Karl Backhaus, Thesis Defense, 10 a.m., 1120 Rood Hall

March 22 | Detection of Bedrock Fractures and Joints Beneath Cover: Geophysical Approaches to an Engineering Geology Problem
Muthanna Aldiney, Dissertation Defense, 3 p.m., 1192 Rood Hall

March 23 | Mapping bedrock topography of the Portage and Schoolcraft NW 7.5' Quadrangles, Kalamazoo Co., MI using the HVSR passive seismic method
Benjamin Seiderman, Thesis Defense, 3 p.m., 1120 Rood Hall

March 29 | Evaluating the effects of fluid chemistry on dolomite stoichiometry and reaction rate
Hanna Cohen, Thesis Proposal, 11 a.m., 1120 Rood Hall

April 6 | Candidate Talk
Dr. Dale Werkema, noon to 1 p.m., 1710 Wood Hall

April 11 | Candidate Talk
Dr. Mine Dogan, noon to 1 p.m., 1118 Rood Hall

April 13 | Candidate Talk
Dr. Xavier Comas, noon to 1 p.m., 1710 Wood Hall

April 26 | Developing Early Warning Systems for Debris Flows and Harmful Algal Blooms
Sita Karki, Dissertation Proposal, 11 a.m., 1120 Rood Hall