• 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!

Additional events are currently being planned. Check back frequently for updates!

student Proposals, defenses, and other events

fall 2019 seminar series

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

  • Sept. 30 | Right to know; safety
    Mark Weiss, Director of Environmental Health and Safety, Western Michigan University
  • Oct. 7 | To be announced
    Dr. Robb Gillespie, Assistant Professor, Western Michigan University
  • Oct. 14 | Job opportunities in environmental hydrogeology
    Mark Kieser, Senior Scientist, Kieser & Associates
  • Oct. 21 | Plate tectonics and the mysterious midcontinent
    Dr. Ben van der Pluijm, Professor, University of Michigan
  • Oct. 28 | To be announced
    Dr. Dalton Hardisty, Assistant Professor, Michigan State University