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Roger and LuAnne SteiningerAs a result of a generous gift from WMU geology alumni Dr. Roger and Mrs. LuAnne Steininger, the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences is excited to announce the establishment of a new endowed scholarship in their name. Roger and LuAnne have been loyal and dedicated supporters of the Department going back to the early 1980’s when Roger began serving on the Geology Department Advisory Council and have been a tremendous asset to our programs and our students since. They attended our Department’s 50th anniversary celebration held in 2015 where he reunited with our founder Dr. Lloyd and Mrs. Marilyn Schmaltz, along with dozens of other loyal departmental alumni, faculty, staff and students. Dr. Steininger has been a frequent visitor to the Department since that event and in 2018 was the recipient of our alumni achievement award because of his significant achievements and contributions in the mineral and mining industries and his long history of support to our department and the greater geological community. As noted by Dr. Steininger, his achievements and success started with the solid geological base supplied by Dr. Schmaltz, and others, in our Department. In honor of Dr. Lloyd Schmaltz, the Roger and LuAnne Steininger Endowed Scholarship is established to assist our upper-level undergraduate students who have a passion for the geosciences and who are in need. Thank you, Dr. and Mrs. Steininger for your generous gift and for your ongoing contributions to student success at WMU.

Geology coverPh.D. candidate, Cameron Manche, recently published a research article in Geology. This work was also featured on the cover of volume 47. Read more at Evaluating reflux dolomitization using a novel high-resolution record of dolomite stoichiometry: A case study from the Cretaceous of central Texas, USA.


Poster and studentDr. Bill Harrison, Dr. Stephen Kaczmarek, Dr. Peter Voice, and graduate students attended the 2019 AAPG meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. Read more about the department's contributions at this professional meeting.

Stephen Kaczmarek

Spring Convocation Excellence in Discovery Luncheon
Dr. Stephen Kaczmarek was awarded the "largest new award to a faculty member within their first 3 years at WMU" during the spring Convocation held on March 26. This event is organized by The Office of Vice President for Research to recognize the work of WMU faculty.


The recent AIPG publication of  The Professional Geologist  has a feature on our very own Hydrogeology Field Course! Read about previous student experiences on pages 17 and 18.


2018 Newsletter coverThe 2018 edition of the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences Newsletter is now available! For previous editions, visit the ScholarWorks archive.


Tyler NorrisNews 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.

NSF logoDr. 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 started Sept. 1, 2018 and will run through Aug. 2020.

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