• 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 seminar

Monday, September 12 - Virtual: Meet the faculty. Join as the faculty from the department introduce themselves and their research areas. 

Monday, September 26 - Virtual: Dr. Peter Voice "Adventures in Collecting: Where the Paleontological Sciences Meet Postage Stamps"

Friday, October 14 - IN PERSON *2 p.m. - 3 p.m.*: Sara Pearson, 2022 Department Distinguished Alumni - 1118 Rood Hall 

Monday, November 7 - Virtual: Mustafa Emil

Monday, November 14 - Virtual: Karem Abdelmohsen