The Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at Western Michigan University is a highly active program, which leaves us no shortage of information to report at any given time. As such, there are several places on this site where you can read about various developments involving our faculty, staff, students and alumni:
- Home page: The "Highlights" section on our home page features the very latest department news.
- Newsletters: The newsletters page archives the department's annual newsletter, an excellent source to learn about developments in the department by year.
- Recent student achievements: This page celebrates our undergraduate and graduate students' achievements as they compete for awards at WMU and in the external geological and environmental sciences' community.
- Alumni spotlight: Visit this page to find out where recent alumni are now and what they are up to!
- Events: You guessed it! Our events page features details about the department's annual seminar series, graduate student proposals and defenses and a wide variety of other activities that we hope you will consider participating in. The events page is updated frequently, especially in the fall and spring semesters.
- Directory: To catch up on our faculty and research staffs' recent publications, visit their directory pages.
Geological and Environmental Sciences in the news
- The Professional Geologist
Feb. 2019 | AIPG
The recent AIPG publication of The Professional Geologist has featured an article on our very own Hydrogeology Field Course! Read about previous student experiences on pages 17 and 18.
- WMU geology efforts lead to national recognition, two publications
May 15, 2018 | WMU News
The publications are among just over 500 such publications in the GSA's 130 year history.
- Gebremichael's Publication on Nile Delta Grabs Spotlight
April 24, 2018 | Office of the Vice President for Research
Graduate student Esayas Gebremichael's Nile Delta research is published and featured as Eos Spotlight.
- Gold mine of potash sits beneath Michigan, could be worth $65 billion
March 16, 2018 | Detroit Free Press
An article discussing the value of the Michigan potash discovery.
- Graduate students win leading geology awards
Nov. 18, 2017 | WMU News
Ph.D. students Sarah VanderMeer and Karem Abdelmohsen win at GSA's annual meeting held in Seattle, WA.
- NASA-funded research at USC provides evidence of ground-ice on asteroids
Sept. 14, 2017 | Space DailyPh.D. student Elizabeth Palmer discusses her research in revealing new evidence for the occurrence of ground ice on the protoplanet Vesta.
The Michigan Geological Survey presents the results of their underground bedrock mapping in the city of Portage.
- Portage Bedrock Water Presentation
Aug. 2017 | Public Media Network
- Reinvigorating an industry: Company pushes to restart potash production in Michigan
May 28, 2017 | MiBiz
An article discussing Michigan Potash Co. LLC's proposal for a $700 million potash extraction and processing operation.
- Bronco geology team brings home silver in prestigious competition
April 24, 2017 | WMU News
A team of WMU geology students recently placed second among 11 teams competing in the Eastern Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Imperial Barrel Award competition.
- Mineral discovery could mean billions for Michigan
April 17, 2017 | USGS
Michigan Geological Survey director John Yellich discusses the discovery of a valuable potash deposit in Michigan.
- Connect: Portage Subsurface Mapping
Oct. 2016 | Public Media Network
The Michigan Geological Survey's efforts mapping underground bedrock valleys in Portage, MI are covered in a short video.
Michigan Geological Survey at WMU gets grant to survey state's subsurface
Sept. 29, 2016 | MLive
The Michigan Geological Survey funding announcement is covered through quotes from Survey director John Yellich and WMU president John Dunn. Photos and a short video accompany the article.
WMU unveils $500K investment in Michigan Geological Survey
Sept. 29, 2016 | WWMT.com
A short article about the funding of the Michigan Geological Survey with an accompanying video from the funding announcement event.
WMU gets $500,000 Grant To Map State Resources
Sept. 29, 2016 | WMUK 102.1
Michigan Geological Survey director John Yellich describes the importance of Survey's recent funding and what these funds will be utilized for.
Sept. 15, 2016 | Lee Honors College Lyceum Lecture Series
Dr. Johnson Haas' recent talk, "Planetary Water," is now available to view (select "Lyceum-Our Blue Marble-Water, Home, and Humanity").
- WMU bets on students digging hydrogeology
July 29, 2016 | Grand Rapids Business Journal
Dr. Duane Hampton is interviewed about the department's newly created graduate certificate in applied hydrogeology.
- WMU's Dunn visits UN to talk about international education
May 5, 2016 | WMU News
Dr. Essam Heggy served as a panel moderator at the United Nations headquarters in New York City on May 6, 2016. The subject of the panel was educational opportunities for young people in the Arab World. WMU's President Dunn participated in the panel.
- Koretsky set to take WMU College of Arts and Sciences reins
Apr. 29, 2016 | WMU News
Dr. Carla Koretsky, professor of geosciences, has been selected to be the new dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, beginning July 1, 2016.
- WMU professor says rising ocean levels could flood major cities
Apr. 10, 2016 | WIN 98.5 - WNWN
Dr. Michelle Kominz discusses the findings of two recent reports that suggest water levels are rising at triple the current estimates.
- Promoting geosciences at minority-serving and 2-year colleges
Feb. 15, 2016 | Eos
The Geo-Needs project, with which Dr. Heather Petcovic is affiliated, is profiled.
- Salty Lakes: Is road salt ruining Kalamazoo's urban lakes?
Nov. 1, 2015 | Encore
Dr. Carla Koretsky, Dean of the Lee Honors College and professor of geosciences, is interviewed about an unexpected discovery made by her students during a field experience on Woods Lake.
- Western Michigan University's Department of Geosciences celebrates its 50th year
Oct. 7, 2015 | Western Herald
Dr. Mohamed Sultan, department chair, is interviewed about the history of the Department of Geosciences, current research initiatives, and goals for the future.
- Expert: 3.3 earthquake ‘separate’ from May quake
July 1, 2015 | WOOD TV8
John Yellich, director of the Michigan Geological Survey, provides an on-camera interview about the June 30 earthquake near Union City, Michigan.
- Structural Geologist Chris Schmidt discusses latest W. Mich. earthquake
July 1, 2015 | NEWSCHANNEL 3
Dr. Chris Schmidt provides a studio interview about the June 30 earthquake near Union City, Michigan.
- Geologists say more minor quakes could be expected in Michigan
June 30, 2015 | NEWSCHANNEL 3
Dr. William Harrison, director of the Michigan Geological Repository for Research and Education, is interviewed about the June 30 earthquake near Union City, Michigan.
- Western Michigan Hydrogeology Field Course Prepares Students For Field Work
June 15, 2015 | Environmental Monitor
The six-week long summer Hydrogeology Field Course educates, provides hands-on vocational training, and prepares students for careers in the geosciences.
- Experts: Don’t expect major earthquake in MI
May 4, 2015 | WOOD TV8
Dr. Chris Schmidt and John Yellich , director of the Michigan Geological Survey, are interviewed about the May 2 earthquake near Galesburg, Michigan.
- Geosciences adds augmented reality sandbox to Schmaltz Museum
Jan. 10, 2015 | WMU News
The AR sandbox is a hands-on exhibit combining a real sandbox with virtual topography.
- Geosciences alumni recognized for groundwater industry contributions
Dec. 10, 2014 | CSUF News
The National Ground Water Association is awarding Dr. W. Richard Laton for his outstanding service.
- Geosciences professor to receive Distinguished Service Award
April 28, 2014 | The Geochemical Society
The Geochemical Society is awarding Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Carla Koretsky.
- WMU partners with energy company to inject carbon dioxide underground, flush out leftover oil
March 18, 2014 | Mlive News
WMU Geosciences facilitates economic development in Michigan.
- New director named for Michigan Geological Survey
Nov. 7, 2013 | WMU News
Mr. John A. Yellich has been appointed as the director of the Michigan Geological Survey at Western Michigan University.
- WMU research facility assists in rediscovery of rare mineral deposit
Sept. 10, 2013 | WMU News
Western Michigan University's Michigan Geological Repository for Research and Education has discovered a long-forgotten mineral deposit located under two West Michigan counties.
- Road salt causing dramatic changes in southwest Michigan lakes
Sept. 18, 2013 | Environmental monitor
Professor of geosciences and her students study the environmental changes caused by road salt in southwest Michigan lakes.