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Dr. Richard N. PasseroWe are saddened to announce that WMU Emeritus Professor of Geology, Dr. Richard N. Passero has passed away from COVID-19 on Friday, April 3 at Yale University. Our deepest condolences go out to his family, friends, and all of us who have known and worked with him. Read comments on the passing of Dr. Richard N. Passero by his students, friends and colleagues.

Employment opportunityThe Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences seeks candidates for Assistant/Associate Professor tenure track-academic year read more.

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The 2019 edition of the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences newsletter is now available! For previous editions, visit ScholarWorks.



Effective spring 2020, the earth science minor will be available online! As an earth science minor, you will learn about the principles of science and how they are applied to the study of the Earth. The earth science minor focuses on a range of fundamental earth systems, including the structure and building blocks of the Earth, the theory of plate tectonics and how studying the Earth allows us to look back through time.

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As a result of a generous gift from a WMU alum, we are thrilled to announce the establishment of a new donation towards the Schmaltz Museum project in honor of Dr. Lloyd Schmaltz. The funds will also establish a graduate student endowment to support students working towards their M.S. degrees in sedimentology stratigraphy at MGRRE.

Roger SteiningerThe Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences is excited to announce Dr. Roger Steininger as a recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award! Dr. Steininger has a long history of mineral and business successes since his graduation from the department in 1964. Roger attained his M.S. in Geology from Brigham Young University and his Ph.D. from Colorado State in Earth Resources in 1986. After receiving his M.S., Roger worked for national and international mineral exploration and development companies. After receiving his Ph.D., he formed his own consulting company to work for many companies to support focused exploration in those geologic terrains having gold and other precious metals. Roger continues to support the department's efforts in teaching, research, and outreach. Dr. Roger Steininger will join the Office of University Advancement to accept the award during Homecoming weekend at the WMU Night of Excellence on Friday, Oct. 11 at the Radisson Plaza Hotel and Suites.

Thomas L. RobynThe department is excited to announce Dr. Thomas L. Robyn as the 2019 Alumni Achievement Award recipient! Read about previous award winners on our Alumni Achievement Award recipient page.

At the Michigan Geological Survey (MGS) and the Michigan Geological Repository for Research and Education (MGRRE), we are leaving no stone unturned in our search for minerals that you may have never heard of. In a new NPR interview, Stateside discusses Michigan's role in mining these raw materials with Drs. William Harrison and Peter Voice. The interview begins at 18:40.

HFCNew article! "WMU Field Course Preps Future Hydrogeologists with Hands-On Experience".
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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.

Cameron MancheDr. Bill Harrison, Dr. Stephen Kaczmarek, Dr. Peter Voice, and graduate students attended the 2019 AAPG meeting in San Antonio, Texas. Read more about the department's contributions at this professional meeting.

Stephen KaczmarekSpring 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.

HFCThe 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.

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