William Harrison

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William B. Harrison III
Director of MGRRE, Professor Emeritus, Michigan basin geology
(269) 387-8691
(269) 387-5513
MGRRE (Core Lab) - 5272 W Michigan Ave, Mail Stop 5241
Mailing address: 
Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5241 USA
  • Ph.D., University of Cincinnati, 1974
  • M.A., University of South Florida, 1969
  • B.A., University of South Florida, 1968
Research interests: 
  • Energy resources
  • Michigan basin geology

Dr. William Harrison is professor emeritus in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at Western Michigan University. In his 30 year teaching career, he supervised and served on student committees for over 50 master's and 10 doctoral students. He has published over 35 technical papers on Michigan geology and authored or co-authored over 70 technical presentations at conferences, professional meetings and workshops. Harrison is currently the director of the Michigan Geological Repository for Research and Education, which he founded in 1982. He is interested in the Michigan basin and preservation of geological data and samples.

In addition to his responsibilities at MGRRE, Harrison is the director of the Michigan Center, Midwest Region and Petroleum Technology Transfer Council. He is  a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Paleontological Society, the Society for Sedimentary Geology and the Michigan Basin Geological Society. Harrison has proudly served on several AAPG committees such as  the Academic Liaison Committee, the Distinguished Lecture Series Committee, the Committee on Meetings, the Cores and Sample Preservation Committee and the Organizing Committee. Further accomplishments include fulfilling several terms in the House of Delegates and serving as president of the Michigan Basin Geological Society. In 2001, Harrison served as general chairman for the Eastern Section AAPG Annual Meeting; he was the co-general chairman in 2010. 

Throughout his distinguished career, Harrison has received many honors and awards:

  •  An honorary doctorate from the University of Latvia.
  • The WMU Distinguished Service Award.
  • The WMU Outstanding Educator Award.
  • An honorary membership from the Michigan Basin Geological Society.
  • The AAPG Public Service Award.
  • The John T. Galey Award.
  • The AAPG House of Delegates Long Service Award from the eastern section of AAPG.
  • The Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of South Florida.

Recent Publications

  • Harrison, W.B., III, and Voice, P.J., 2018, Evaporite facies of the Michigan Basin, in Grammer, G.M., Harrison, W.B., III, and Barnes, D.A., eds., Paleozoic Stratigraphy and Resources of the Michigan Basin: Geological Society of America Special Paper 531, p. (in press)
  • Harrison, William B. III, and G. Michael Grammer, 2012, The Great American Carbonate Bank in the Central Michigan Basin, in J. R. Derby, R. D. Fritz, S. A. Longacre, W. A. Morgan, and C. A. Sternbach, eds., The Great American Carbonate Bank: The geology and petroleum potential of the Cambrian – Ordovician Sauk sequence of Laurentia: AAPG Memoir 98, p. 1 – 14.