• 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. So far, most of the seminars are being scheduled as virtual and will be held using WebEx. 

 link to the virtual seminars

The current 2021-22 seminar schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, January 10 - NO SEMINAR
  • Monday, January 17 - NO SEMINAR (MLK Day)
  • Monday, January 24 - VIRTUAL SEMINAR: Thomas "Tim" Harris (Lockheed Martin (retired)) will present "Too Big To See: Observation-based cosmic impact speculation of N. American Great Lakes as a mid Pleistocene impact structure, parent of the Australasian tektites & Carolina bays". Abstract  WebEx Link
  • Monday, January 31 - VIRTUAL SEMINAR: Dr. John Luczaj, Professor and Chair of Geosciences at University of Wisconsin, Green Bay will present "Groundwater Quality in Wisconsin: How the geologic framework, rock chemistry, and land use affects water quality in Wisconsin’s aquifer systems”.  WebEx Link
  • Monday, February 7 - VIRTUAL SEMINAR: Molly Sherwood, Environmental Compliance Manager at Kent County DPW will present "TBD-Conceptual Site Model for PFAS distribution and potential contribution the North Kent Landfill".  WebEx Link
  • Monday, March 7 - NO SEMINAR (Spring Break)
  • Monday, March 21 - VIRTUAL SEMINAR: Dr. Matty Mookarjee, Professor and Department Chair at Sonoma State University will present "TBD"  WebEx Link