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Recruiting Ph.D. students for fall 2019! Dr. Stephen Kaczmarek  is searching for a Ph.D. student with a strong interest in carbonate petrology/diagenesis. The student will work on a funded research project aimed at exploring the diagenetic history of the Miocene limestones and dolomites of central Qatar. As part of the project, the student will be trained on various analytical instruments, travel to Qatar, and collaborate with academics and industry professionals. If you have a strong geology background, can think critically, are highly motivated, and can work independently, we’d would like to hear from you.  Please contact Dr. Kaczmarek at stephen.kaczmarek@wmich.edu. Please include your CV and relevant experience.

News article: Tromino technology at the Michigan Geological Survey
Sept. 28, 2018 | Michigan Oil & Gas News
The Michigan Geological Survey provides affordable method of identifying Michigan's freshwater resources.

Dr. Stephen Kaczmarek and a collaborator at Iowa State University were recently awarded a $385,374 National Science Foundation research grant for their project: Collaborative Research: Testing Models of Calcite Microcrystal Diagenesis through Experiments, Geochemistry and Advanced Imaging. The project is scheduled to start September 1, 2018 and run through August 2020.


 Dr. Bill Harrison, Dr. Stephen Kaczmarek, Dr. Peter Voice, and 9 graduate students attended the 2018 AAPG/SEPM meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. Read more about the department's contributions at this professional meeting.

Mine Dogan

Dr. Mine Dogan has accepted a tenure track Assistant Professor position in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences and joined the faculty on July 1, 2018. Dr. Dogan is an experienced geophysicist with a strong background in engineering, geostatistics, groundwater modelling, and stochastic hydrology. Dr. Dogan received her Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 2013, and comes to us from the Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences at Clemson University where she held positions of a postdoctoral research scientist and a research assistant professor.

National recognition

The Geological Society of America has recognized WMU geologic research with the publication of two special papers.
The publications are among just over 500 such publications in the GSA's 130-year history. Read more on WMU News.

2017 Newsletter CoverThe 2017 edition of the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences Newsletter is now available!
For previous editions, visit the ScholarWorks archive.

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We are offering a new online Area VII course: GEOS 1050: Dinosaurs
This course is currently being offered!


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