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. Please see the information provided below for a list of dates, topics and descriptions, and check back frequently for updates.
For over a decade, the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at Western Michigan University has hosted its annual Seminar Series. The Seminar Series takes place on a weekly basis and hosts a wide variety of visiting scientists who give presentations on a wide array of geological issues. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the community are all welcome to attend these free events.
Note: More seminars are currently being planned. Check back frequently for updates.
Spring 2018 Seminar Series
All seminars take place on Monday afternoons from 4 to 5 p.m. in 1118 Rood Hall.
Jan. 22 | Engineered microbial platforms for phosphorus sustainability: ensuring food security and clean water for future generations
Andro Mondala, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Paper Engineering, Western Michigan University
Jan. 29 | Career Opportunities for Geology Students from a State Government Perspective
Sara Pearson, CPG, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Remediation and Redevelopment Division
Feb. 5 | Strategic Minerals
Brian Shaw, Geologist and Deputy Provost for Academic Affairs, National Defense University
Feb. 12 | Strengthening the Role of Geoscience in Public Decision-making
David W. Szymanski, Associate Professor of Geology, Bentley University
Feb. 19 | Achieving Inclusion through Technology-Enhanced, Field-Based Research Experiences for Persons with Disabilities
Christopher Atchison, Associate Professor of Geoscience Education and Executive Director of the International Association for Geoscience Diversity, University of Cincinnati
Feb. 26 | Electrical Hydrogeology: A Picture is Worth 1000 Wells
Todd Halihan, Professor of Geology, Oklahoma State University
March 12 | An Interdisciplinary Approach Towards Understanding Lake Effect Precipitation Using Stale Isotopes and Remote Sensing
Shelby Hurst, Doctoral student, Dissertation Proposal
March 19 | Discovering Hidden Folds and Faults in the Precambrian: Refining Baraboo interval stratigraphy and deformation in Southern WI
Esther Stewart, Wisconsin Geological Survey
March 26 | The end of days in tropical Panthalassa: 25 million years and two mass extinctions
Andrew Caruthers, Senior Research Associate, Western Michigan University
Spring 2018 events
More events are currently being planned. Check back frequently for updates.
March 21 | Geochemical and petrological investigation of the prospective Ni-Cu-PGE mineralization at the Echo Lake Intrusion in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, USA
Alex Koerber, Thesis Defense, noon, 1120 Rood Hall
March 22 | Geologic Mapping of the Bronson North and Bronson South 7.5-Minute Quadrangles, Branch County, Michigan
Karl Backhaus, Thesis Defense, 10 a.m., 1120 Rood Hall
March 23 | Mapping bedrock topography of the Portage and Schoolcraft NW 7.5' Quadrangles, Kalamazoo Co., MI using the HVSR passive seismic method
Benjamin Seiderman, Thesis Defense, 1 p.m., 1120 Rood Hall