Stephen E. Kaczmarek

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Stephen E. Kaczmarek
Associate Professor, Sedimentary Petrology
(269) 387-5479
1127 Rood Hall, 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., Geology, Michigan State University, 2005
  • B.S., Geology, Michigan State University, 2000
Research interests: 
  • Carbonate Diagenesis
  • Dolomitization
  • Limestone Stabilization

Dr. Kaczmarek is an associate professor of geology and head of the Carbonate Petrology & Characterization Laboratory at Western Michigan University. His research interests include all aspects of carbonate diagenesis, particularly dolomitization and calcitization. His projects integrate textural, mineralogical, and geochemical data.

Dr. Kaczmarek began his career as a research scientist for ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (2005-2011), where he investigated carbonate reservoirs, taught a variety of courses, and worked on exploration and production projects all over the world. In 2011, he returned to academia as an assistant professor of geology at Bridgewater State University. He joined the faculty at Western Michigan University in 2015.

Dr. Kaczmarek has published dozens of peer-reviewed journal articles, serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Sedimentary Research, and referees manuscripts and proposals for more than a dozen scientific journals and grant funding agencies worldwide. His research activities are supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation and various industry sponsors.

Sponsored Research

Courses Taught

  • Physical Geology (GEOS 1300)
  • Sedimentation and Stratigraphy (GEOS 4350)
  • Carbonate and Evaporite Depositional Systems (GEOS 6460)
  • Carbonate Petrology (GEOS 6650)

Recent publications

  • Ryan, B., Rivers, J., Petersen, S., and Kaczmarek, S.E. (2023) Evidence of nonplanar dolomite textures formed at near-surface temperatures, Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 93, p. 729-740,

  • Al-Musawi, M., Kuglitsch, J., Harrison W., Voice, P., Griffith, E., Saltzman, M., and Kaczmarek, S.E. (2023) Cross Basin Chronostratigraphic Correlation of Carbonate Succession (Llandovery, Michigan Basin) Using Global Carbon δ13Ccarb Isotope Excursions, GSA Bulletin,

  • Hashim, M.S., Rose, K., Cohen, H. and Kaczmarek, S.E. (2023) Effects of sodium and potassium concentrations on dolomite formation rate, stoichiometry, and crystallographic characteristics, Sedimentology, 16 p.

  • Manche, C.J. and Kaczmarek, S.E. (2023) Dolomite mineralogy as a proxy record for lake level fluctuations: a case study from the Eocene Uteland Butte Member of the Green River Formation, Uinta Basin, Utah, USA, Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 93, p. 431-452,

  • Hashim, M.S., Burke, J.E., Hardesty, D.S., and Kaczmarek, S.E. (2022) Iodine incorporation into dolomite: Experimental constraints and implications for the iodine redox proxy and Proterozoic Ocean, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, v. 338, p. 365-381,

For a complete list of publications, please visit: Google Scholar and ResearchGate