Carla Koretsky

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Carla Koretsky
Dean and Professor of Geosciences
(269) 387-4372
2304 Friedmann Hall, Mail Stop 5308
Mailing address: 
College of Arts and Sciences
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5308 USA
  • Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1998
  • M.A., Johns Hopkins University, 1995
  • B.A., Washington University in St. Louis, 1992
Research interests: 
  • Aqueous geochemistry
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Mineral-water interface geochemistry

Dr. Carla Koretsky is the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Western Michigan University, past dean of the WMU Lee Honors College and a professor in both the Geological and Environmental Sciences department and the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. Koretsky earned her doctoral degree in earth and planetary sciences from Johns Hopkins University in 1998 and her bachelor's degree from Washington University in St. Louis where she graduated cum laude with an earth and planetary sciences major and minors in economics and music performance (violin) in 1992.

Koretsky is an expert in the fields of aqueous geochemistry and biogeochemistry. She and her students conduct field, laboratory and computer modeling studies to investigate the chemistry of wetlands and lakes, with a particular interest in understanding the interactions of contaminants with natural waters, sediments and soils. She is past editor-in-chief of the international journals Chemical Geology and Geochemical Transactions. Her research has been supported by more than $1 million in funding from agencies including the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the American Chemical Society, the Office of Naval Research and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Koretsky has authored or coauthored more than 75 abstracts, journal articles and book chapters. She is an NSF CAREER grant recipient, and has received the Geochemical Society Distinguished Service Award. Most recently, she has been honored with The Distinguished Woman in Higher Education Leadership Award, the highest recognition presented annually by the MI-ACE Network.