• 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!

Student proposals and defenses

Seminar Series—Spring 2019

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

  • Feb. 25 | Repercussions of Flood Basalt Volcanism: Paleoenvironmental changes, mass extinction and faunal recovery during the Early Mesozoic
    Dr. Andrew Caruthers, Faculty Specialist, Western Michigan University
  • March 11 | Investigating Fault Interconnectivity and Stress Controls on Regional-Scale Fluid Flow at Pahute Mesa, Nevada National Security Site
    Dr. Matt Reeves, Associate Professor, Western Michigan University
  • March 18 | Mantle Rheology
    Dr. Alan McNamera, Endowed Professor, Michigan State University
  • March 25 | Geoscience Education
    Dr. Caitlin Callahan, Assistant Professor, Grand Valley State University
  • April 1 | Geology and Geomorphology in Landscape Management
    Stephanie Austin, Parks Services
  • April 8 | Carbonate Sedimentology/Stratigraphy
    Dr. Juan Carlos Laya, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University
  • April 15 | Career Presentation
    Jim Ferritto, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality