Colloquia and Seminars

The department of Geography at Western Michigan University regularly hosts scholars from around the world to exhibit their most recent research and findings. These events are open to the general public and all students are encouraged to attend these unique seminars to gain invaluable information regarding the cutting edge studies ongoing in the field of Geography and related disciplines. All events are held at 3 p.m. and in 2119 Wood Hall (Unless stated otherwise).

upcoming events

To be announced

Past events


  • March 16: Dr. Carol Harden, Professor Emerita of Geography, University of Tennessee
    • More Disasters or a More Sustainable Future? Challenges and Opportunities of Climate Change


  • February 9: Dr. Timothy Filley, Purdue University
    • The Interacting Controls of Pyrolysis Temperature and Plant Taxa on the Reactivity of Pyrogenic Organic Matter in a Northern Michigan Forest Soil


  • January 19: Dr. Steven Bertman, Institute of Environment and Sustainability, WMU
    • The Impact of Climate Change and Forest Succession on the Atmospheric Chemistry of Biogenic Volatile Organic Compounds in Northern Michigan
  • January 26: Dr. Graham Tobin, School of Geosciences University of South Florida
    • Thus Can [a] Man Accustom Himself to Sleep on the Edge of a Precipice.