• 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. In addition to our fall and spring student orientation events, we have two annual events for students, faculty, staff, and alumni - our Advisory Council and Homecoming in October, and our Student Research Showcase and Award Ceremony in April. See the information provided below for a list of dates, topics and descriptions. More details about alumni events are on our Alumni page. Check back frequently for updates! 


Unless otherwise noted, seminars are held in Rood 1118 on Mondays from 4:00-5:00 pm (Eastern Daylight Time) during the fall and spring semesters. Please check back frequently as we fill the 2023-2024 schedule!  

Monday, November 13, 2023:  Anthony Kendall, Michigan State University

Monday, January 22, 2024:  Andy Jacobson, Northwestern University

Monday, January 29, 2024: Wenhao Sun, University of Michigan

Monday, February 5, 2024: Chad Deering, Michigan Technological University (VIRTUAL, see link in Elearning)

Monday, February 12, 2024: Kim Kastens, AGU College of Fellows Distinguished Lecturer (VIRTUAL, see link in Elearning)

Monday, February 26, 2024:  Hannah Blatchford, Eastern Michigan University

Monday, March 18, 2024: Juan Carlos de Obseo, MSA Distinguished Lecturer 


Kai Trobisch   March 21, 2024  1:30 pm    Please see e-learning for the link 

Presentation Title:

Assessing the Fate and Transport of PFAS in Wastewater Treatment Plant Effluent Discharged to Rapid Infiltration Basins


Fall Homecoming 

Friday, October 13, 2023 was our annual Fall Homecoming celebration honoring our Distinguished Alumni and gathering for our social alumni event. Thanks to all of our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and guests that attended!  


Friday, April 12, 2024 will be our annual Spring GeoBoree celebration focused on student awards and accomplishments. Faculty, staff, students, alumni, and guests are welcome to join us for all events!