Alan E. Kehew

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Alan E. Kehew
Professor Emeritus
3325 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, University of Idaho, 1977
  • M.S., Earth Science, Montana State University, 1971
  • B.S., Geology, Bucknell University, 1969
Research interests: 
  • Hydrogeology
  • Geomorphology

Dr. Alan Kehew is professor of glacial geology and hydrogeology in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at Western Michigan University.

Kehew’s research interests are hydrogeology and geomorphology, often emphasizing environmental aspects. His past research focused on the hydrogeochemical aspects of contaminated and uncontaminated aquifers. Over the past few years, since the transfer of the Michigan Geological Survey to the Geosciences Department, he has been concentrating on mapping and interpreting the glacial geology of southern Michigan through the United States Geological Survey STATEMAP and EDMAP programs and the Great Lakes Geologic Mapping Coalition. These projects have generated new understanding of the dynamics of ice lobes that covered Michigan during the last glaciation, as reflected in their landforms and stratigraphy. In addition, the mapping has many applications in aquifer delineation and protection, aggregates exploration, geologic hazards and other uses.

Recent Publications

  • Berg, R.C., Brown, S.E., Thomason, J.F., Hasenmueller, N.R., Letsinger, S.L., Kincare, K.A., Esch, J.M., Kehew, A.E., Thorleifson, L.H., Kozlowski, A.L., Bird, B.C., Pavey, R.R., Bajc, A.F., Burt, A.K., Fleeger, G.M., and Carson, E.C., 2016, A multiagency and multijurisdictional approach to mapping the glacial deposits of the Great Lakes region in three dimensions, in Wessel, G.R., and Greenberg, J.K., eds., Geoscience for the Public Good and Global Development: Toward a Sustainable Future: Geological Society of America Special Paper 520, p. 415–447, doi:10.1130/2016.2520(37).

  • Kehew, A.E., Ewald, S.K., Esch, J.M. and Kozlowski, A.L. 2013. On the origin of tunnel channels of the Saginaw Lobe, Laurentide Ice Sheet, Michigan USA. Boreas, Vol. 42, pp. 442–462.

  • Kehew, A.E., Piotrowski, J.A. and Jørgensen, F. 2012. Tunnel Valleys: Concepts and controversies—A review: Earth Science Reviews 113, 33-58.

  • Kehew, A.E., Esch, J.M., Kozlowski, A.L. and Ewald, S.K. (2012) Glacial landsystems and dynamics of the Saginaw Lobe of the Laurentide Ice Sheet, Michigan, USA. Quaternary International 60, 21-31

  • Barnes, N. A., Kehew, A.E., Krishnamurthy, R.V., and Koretsky, C. M. 2011. Redox evolution in glacial drift aquifers: role of diamictons in reduction of Fe(III). Environmental Earth Sciences, 62, 1027-1038

For a more complete list of publications by Dr. Kehew, please visit ResearchGate or Google Scholar.