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

The current 2021-22 seminar schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, September 27 - NO SEMINAR
  • Friday, October 1 - VIRTUAL SEMINAR: Dr. Chen Zhu, 2021-22 Darcy Lecturer and Professor or Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Indiana University will present "How Are Geochemical Reactions in Aquifers Connected to Climate Change Mitigation?" Bio and Abstract  WebEx Link
  • Monday, October 4 - VIRTUAL SEMINAR: Dr. Paul Byrne, Associate Professor of Planetary Science at North Carolina State University will present “New Insights into the Geology of Venus”. Abstract  WebEx Link
  • Monday, October 11 - NO SEMINAR (GSA)
  • Monday, October 18 - VIRTUAL SEMINAR: Dr. Joel Moore, Professor of Geosciences at Towson University will present "Deicing salt inputs to freshwater systems affect water quality on both short-term (days to weeks) and long-term (decades) time scales". Bio and Abstract
  • Monday, October 25 - VIRTUAL SEMINAR: Michael Davias (Cintos Research) will present "A Morphometric Survey of the Carolina bays using High Resolution Topographic Models delivered through Google Earth”.
  • Monday, November 15 - VIRTUAL SEMINAR: Dr. Richard Martel, Professor and Scientific head of Contaminant Hydrogeology Laboratory at INRS-ETE (Quebec, Quebec, Canada) will present "Groundwater characterization in Canadian military training areas".
  • Monday, November 22 - NO SEMINAR
  • Monday, December 6 - Dr. Mindy Zimmer, Scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - "TBD"
  • Monday, January 10 - NO SEMINAR
  • Monday, January 17 - NO SEMINAR (MLK Day)
  • Monday, January 24 - VIRTUAL SEMINAR: Thomas "Tim" Harris (Lockheed Martin) will present "TBD"
  • 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”.
  • 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".
  • 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"