• Dr. Julie Stein gives a seminar talk

    Dr. Julie Stein, an alumna, Executive Director of the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Washington, gives a talk for the department's seminar series, which hosts over 25 speakers a year.

  • Dan Rogers, Director of Environmental Affairs at Amsted Industries, Inc., presents his research to a large crowd of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff and industry members as part of the department's annual seminar series.

  • Movie night in dinosaur park

    The department and the Campus Activities Board hosted a movie night featuring Jurassic World - Fallen Kingdom. Attendees came face-to-face with a life-sized Stegosaurus, Triceratops, and a Utahraptor all while enjoying an outdoor movie experience!

The Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at Western Michigan University sponsors a Seminar Series, student proposal sessions and thesis and dissertation defenses. See the information provided below for a list of dates, topics and descriptions. Looking for alumni events? Please visit our Alumni page. Check back frequently for updates!



Our seminars will typically be held on Mondays from 4-5 pm EDT during the fall and spring semesters. Most of the seminars are being scheduled as virtual and will be held using WebEx. 

 link to the virtual seminar

Monday, January 23 - Virtual: Dr. Benjamin Linzmeier, University of South Alabama. "Revealing paleobiology and paleoclimatology with 10 micrometer spots" Abstract

Monday, February 13 - VirtualDr. Peggy McNeal, Towson University. "How do you visualize groundwater flow? The role of visual penetrative ability and maintaining frames of reference"

Monday, February 27 - Virtual: Dr. Athena Nagel, Mississippi State University. "Exploring flank margin caves and similar pseudokarst features"

Monday, April 3 - Virtual: Dr. Christa Haney, Mississippi State University. Geoforensics