• 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. On this page, you will find details about department events like Advisory Council meetings, Seminar Series, thesis and dissertation proposals and defenses and other events. See the information provided below for a list of dates, topics and descriptions. Check back frequently for updates!


Our seminars will take place virtually this semester and are typically on Mondays from 4-5 pm. Contact Kathy Wright if you need the invitation to the seminar link.  

Monday, March 8 - Assistant Professor Kristin Bergmann from the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and 2019-2020 AAPG-AAPG Foundation Distinguished Lecturer (TBD)

Monday, March 15 - Associate Professor Adam Milewski from the Department of Geology at University of Georgia will be presenting "Deciphering Dryland Recharge Processes in Morocco, Namibia and Australia."

Monday, March 22 - TBD

Monday, March 29 - Spring Break (No Seminar)

Monday, April, 5 - TBD

Monday, April 12 - Chief Scientist Jeremy S. Hoffman of the Science Museum of Virginia and an Affiliate Faculty in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs and the Center for Environmental Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University will be presenting "The Enduring Legacy of Inequitable Exposure to Environmental Stressors on US Cities."

Monday, April 19 - Assistant Professor Ángel A. Garcia, Jr., from the Department of Geology and Environmental Science at James Madison University will present "Ethnogeology as a Framework for Diverse Geoscientific Research". Dr. García uses ethnogeology research - that uses human relationships with the Earth as a system - as a theoretical framework.  In his work, he combines field geology and field ethnography to inform community-based research, place-based education, and diverse research that focus in cave and karst problems. 

Friday, April 23 - Spring Awards Assembly and Advisory Council Meeting