• 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 Geosciences 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.

Seminar Series

For over a decade, the Department of Geosciences 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. Geosciences 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!

Fall 2017 Seminar Series

All seminars take place on Monday afternoons from 4 to 5 p.m. in 1118 Rood Hall.
Please note—Sept. 18 and Sept. 25 seminars will take place in 1104 Rood Hall.

Sept. 11 | Exploring Water-Ice Occurrence on Asteroids Vesta and Ceres Using Radar Observations

Elizabeth Palmer, Ph.D. Proposal

Sept. 18 | Mercury's Interior: Lessons from MESSENGER
Steven A. Hauck II, professor, Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, Case Western Reserve University

Sept. 25 | PLUTO EXPLORED! NASA's Epic Voyage to the Edge of the Solar System
William B. McKinnon, professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences, Washington University

Cameron Manche, Ph.D. Dissertation Proposal, Department of Geosciences, Western Michigan University

Oct. 9 | Identifying Organic Carbon Transformations in Permafrost and Hydrothermal Environments
Ziming Yang, assistant professor, Department of Chemistry, Oakland University

Oct. 16 | Andean Uplift and the Evolution of South American Climate and Hydrology
Chris Poulsen, chair and professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Michigan

Oct. 30 | Statistical analysis of soil moisture impacts on climate extremes
Lei Meng, assistant professor, Department of Geography & Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, Western Michigan University

Nov. 6 | The seismicity of Michigan: not so stable ground
Kazuya Fujita, professor and undergraduate advisor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Michigan State University

Nov. 13 | Crustal elasticity and the path from red and blue to composition and structure
Sarah Brownlee, associate professor, Department of Geology, Wayne State University

Nov. 20 | UAV (Drone) applications in the Environmental Sciences
Richard Becker, associate professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Toledo

Nov. 27 | A new regional-scale- and chrono-stratigraphic framework for the Silurian (Wenlockian) Niagara-Lower Salina of the Michigan Basin
Matt Rine, Dissertation Proposal, Department of Geosciences, Western Michigan University

Dec. 4 | A Pliocene marine diatom oxygen isotope record of terrestrial-marine feedbacks and orbitally-paced cryogenic brine formation in the McMurdo Dry Valleys
Justin Dodd, associate professor, Department of Geology & Environmental Geosciences, Northern Illinois University

fall 2017 Events

More events are currently being planned. Check back frequently for updates!

Oct. 13 | Water resources and water conservation policies in the Arabian Gulf region,
Ahmed Murad, Department of Geosciences' Alumni Achievement recipient, 3-4 p.m., 1118 Rood Hall

Nov. 9 |Groundwater-Surface Water Interaction in the Headwaters of the White River, Manistee National Forest, Michigan
Ziqian Li, Thesis Defense, 1 p.m., 1120 Rood Hall

Nov. 10 | Evaluating the Affective Impact of a Place-based Learning Course Project in the Geosciences
Nathan Charlton, Thesis Defense, 3 p.m., 1192 Rood Hall

Nov. 16 | Use of Fluorescein Dye for Characterizing Hydrologic Fluxes at the Groundwater -  Surface Water Interface
Ryan Cascarano, Thesis Proposal, 2 p.m., 1120 Rood Hall

Dec. 1 | Thermal Maturation Modeling of the Michigan Basin
Jack Hybza, Thesis Proposal, 2:30 p.m., 1107 Rood Hall

Dec. 7 | Application of Handheld XRF, Biostratigraphy, and Carbon Isotopes to Establish a Sequence Stratigraphic Framework and Depositional Facies Model for the Burnt Bluff Group, Michigan Basin USA
Mohammed Al-Musawi, Thesis Proposal, 2 p.m., 1120 Rood Hall

Dec. 8 | Reservoir Characterization and Fracture Network Modeling of the Highly Fractured Dolomitized A-2 Carbonate (Silurian) Gas Storage Reservoirs in the Michigan Basin
Clayton Joupperi, Thesis Proposal, 10 a.m., 1107 Rood Hall

Dec. 8 | Mapping and Interpreting the Glacial Geology of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan
Sarah VanderMeer, Dissertation Defense, 1 p.m., 1192 Rood Hall