• 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 recurring and non-recurring events. See the information provided below for a list of dates, topics and descriptions. Check back frequently for updates!

SPRING 2020 seminar series

All seminars take place on Monday afternoons from 4 to 5 p.m. in 1118 Rood Hall

  • March 9 | Communicating risk to non-specific communities
    Diane Russell, Community Involvement Coordinator at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • March 16 | Wolverine PFAS legacy
    Karen Vorce and Mark Worrall,
    Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE)
  • March 23 | Water supply
    Dr. Peter Wampler, Professor, Grand Valley State University
  • March 30 | Atmospheric chemistry
    Dr. Steve Bertman, Professor of Environment and Sustainability, Western Michigan University
  • April 6 | Climate change
    Dr. Alan Hamlet, Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame