Recent student achievements

Elizabeth Palmer's paper, "Dielectric Properties of Asteroid Vesta's Surface as Constrained by Dawn VIR Observations," has been published by Icarus! It is currently available online and will arrive on newsstands towards the end of the year.

Abotalib Farag received the Geological Society of America’s On To the Future travel award so that he can attend the annual Mmeeting in Baltimore, Maryland, this November.



Doctoral candidate Katie Dvorak, and master's candidates Ben Hinks, Tom Brubaker, and Chanse Ford have been awarded Graduate Student Research Grants!


Abotalib Farag
has been awarded the Farouk El-Baz student research grant from the Geological Society of America for his project, "Did Groundwater Processes Shape the Sahara Landscape During the Quaternary?"!

Recent graduate Dr. Racha El Kadiri, was a recipient of the All-University Graduate Research and Creative Scholar Awards from the Graduate College!

Jake Tholen
, a hydrogeology major, was given an honorable mention by The Goldwater Scholarship foundation!

Master’s student Matt Rine, was awarded the Best Graduate Student Poster by the Great Lakes Section of the Society for Sedimentary Geology for his poster, “Evaluating the Sequence Stratigraphic Relationships, Lithofacies and Petrophysical Properties of the Silurian (Niagaran) Reefs for the Purpose of CCUS and EOR in the Michigan Basin”!


The Geochemical Society is pleased to announce that Prof. Carla Koretsky, Dean of the Lee Honors College and Professor of Geosciences at Western Michigan University, will be awarded the Geochemical Society’s Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes and documents outstanding service to the Geochemical Society and/or the geochemical community that greatly exceeds the normal expectations of voluntary service to the Society. Read more.

WMU Geoscientists used GRACE to examine the water availability in Africa’s hydrologic systems. Results indicated that warming of the tropical Atlantic Ocean is intensifying Atlantic monsoons and increasing precipitation and total water storage over western and central Africa, whereas the warming in the central Indian Ocean is disrupting onshore moisture transport, causing droughts, and decreasing precipitation. Results of this work were published in Earth-Sciences Reviews.

WMU Geoscientists contributed to generating new global sea-level estimates with a peak of ~22 m higher than present for the Pliocene interval 2.7–3.2 Ma. The new estimates imply loss of the equivalent of the Greenland and West Antarctic ice sheets, and some volume loss from the East Antarctic Ice Sheet, and address the long-standing controversy concerning the Pliocene stability of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet. Results are published in Geology.

WMU Geoscientists develop methodologies and tools using remote sensing, ground sensors, and artificial intelligence techniques to characterize the spatial and temporal conditions that control debris flow occurrences and forecast their distribution on a regional scale. Results are published in IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing.


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