Events

  • 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!

SEMINAR SERIES 

Our seminars will typically be held on Mondays from 4-5 pm EDT during the fall and spring semesters. So far, all of the seminars are being scheduled as virtual and will be held using WebEx. 

The current 2021-22 seminar schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, September 27 - NO SEMINAR
  • Friday, October 1 - VIRTUAL SEMINAR: Dr. Chen Zhu, 2021-22 Darcy Lecturer and Professor or Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Indiana University will present "How Are Geochemical Reactions in Aquifers Connected to Climate Change Mitigation?" Bio and Abstract  WebEx Link
  • Monday, October 4 - VIRTUAL SEMINAR: Dr. Paul Byrne, Associate Professor of Planetary Science at North Carolina State University will present “New Insights into the Geology of Venus”. Abstract  WebEx Link
  • Monday, October 11 - NO SEMINAR (GSA)
  • Monday, October 18 - VIRTUAL SEMINAR: Dr. Joel Moore, Professor of Geosciences at Towson University will present "Deicing salt inputs to freshwater systems affect water quality on both short-term (days to weeks) and long-term (decades) time scales". Bio and Abstract
  • Monday, October 25 - VIRTUAL SEMINAR: Michael Davias (Cintos Research) will present "A Morphometric Survey of the Carolina bays using High Resolution Topographic Models delivered through Google Earth”.
  • Monday, November 15 - VIRTUAL SEMINAR: Dr. Richard Martel, Professor and Scientific head of Contaminant Hydrogeology Laboratory at INRS-ETE (Quebec, Quebec, Canada) will present "Groundwater characterization in Canadian military training areas".
  • Monday, November 22 - NO SEMINAR
  • Monday, December 6 - Dr. Mindy Zimmer, Scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - "TBD"
  • Monday, January 10 - NO SEMINAR
  • Monday, January 17 - NO SEMINAR (MLK Day)
  • Monday, January 24 - VIRTUAL SEMINAR: Thomas "Tim" Harris (Lockheed Martin) will present "TBD"
  • Monday, January 31 - VIRTUAL SEMINAR: Dr. John Luczaj, Professor and Chair of Geosciences at University of Wisconsin, Green Bay will present "Groundwater Quality in Wisconsin: How the geologic framework, rock chemistry, and land use affects water quality in Wisconsin’s aquifer systems”.
  • Monday, February 7 - VIRTUAL SEMINAR: Molly Sherwood, Environmental Compliance Manager at Kent County DPW will present "TBD-Conceptual Site Model for PFAS distribution and potential contribution the North Kent Landfill".
  • Monday, March 7 - NO SEMINAR (Spring Break)
  • Monday, March 21 - VIRTUAL SEMINAR: Dr. Matty Mookarjee, Professor and Department Chair at Sonoma State University will present "TBD"