• 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.

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.

OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT - Jurassic World - the fallen kingdom

  • Wednesday, Sept. 19, 7:40 p.m., Dinosaur park located outside of Rood Hall, free admission
    Feature Film: Jurassic World - The Fallen Kingdom
    Be the first to see and experience life-size dinosaurs in the newly created dinosaur park! Come face-to-face with a Stegosaurus, Triceratops, and a Utahraptor all while enjoying an outdoor movie experience! Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the show! This event is open to students, faculty, and staff.

fall 2018 seminar series

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

  • Sept. 10 | Introduction to the Department

    Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences faculty introductions

  • Sept. 17 | Surviving Plate Tectonics
    Dr. Robb Gillespie, assistant professor, Western Michigan University
  • Sept. 24 | Evaluating the impact of leaking sewers on urban public supply wells using geochemical, microbiological, and geomechanical methods
    Dr. Christopher A. Gellasch, assistant professor, Eastern Michigan University
  • Oct. 1 | Honesty—Avoiding the Misuse of Models
    David Abbott Jr., AAPG Distinguished Lecturer for Ethics, AIPG Ethics Columnist and Ethics Committee Chairman Emeritus
  • Oct. 8 | Conservation in the Past, Present and your Future!
    AnneMarie Chavez, MI-United States Department of Agriculture
  • Oct. 15 | Materials Science
    Dr. Nathan Jacobson, NASA Glenn
  • Wednesday, Oct. 24 | Road Salt - Ethics
    Dr. Carla Koretsky, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Western Michigan University, 157-159 Bernhard Center
  • Oct. 29 | Pre-Cambrian Carbon Cycle
    Dr. Juha Karhu, professor, University of Helsinki
  • Nov. 12 | Mineral-Microbe Interactions
    Dr. Jena Johnson, assistant professor, University of Michigan
  • Nov. 26 | Use of Biomarkers in Sedimentary Geology
    Dr. Megan Rohrssen, assistant professor, Central Michigan University
  • Dec. 3 | Mid-Continent Rift of North America
    Dr. Carol Stein, professor, University of Illiniois-Chicago