Faculty Research

There is a very diverse applied, as well as basic, research emphasis in the Department of Geosciences at Western Michigan University. The faculty have a well-funded and active research program that addresses a wide range of research topics in the general fields of geochemistry, geophysics, hydrogeology, geotechnical geology, glacial geomorphology, earth science education, sedimentary systems and basin analysis. There have been a number of new initiatives pertaining to research activities and construction of research facilities.

Recent projects

Project directors, titles, sponsors, funding sources and dates are listed below.

David Barnes

  • MICHCARB, An initiative for the Acceleration of Geological Carbon Sequestration in Michigan: DOE, Federal, 2009-11
  • Cambro-Ordovician Assessment: Univerity of Illinois, Federal, 12/8/09-12/7/11
  • CO2 Storage Infrastructure: Battelle Memorial Institute, Other, 12/1/09-11/30/11
  • CO2 Sequestration and Enhanced Oil Recovery Potential on Michigan: US Geological Survey, Federal, 8/1/10-9/30/11
  • Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership: Regional Geological Sequestration Assessment, Phase III, Battelle Memorial Institute, Other, 2/13/06-11/30/11

Ron Chase

  • Statistical evaluation of factors causing slope displacement: US Army Corp of Engineers, Federal, 10/15/11-7/3/12

William Harrison

  • Petroleum Technology Transfer Council Michigan Center:, Petroleum Technology Transfer Council, Other, 10/1/09-9/30/11
  • Michigan Contribution to the National Geothermal Data System: Arizona Geological Survey, 5/24/10-8/29/12

Alan Kehew

  • Geologic mapping of the Augusta quad: US Geological Survey, Federal, 9/1/11-8/31/12
  • Geologic mapping of Calhoun County: Great Lakes Geologic Coalition, Federal, 8/1/11-7/31/12

Michelle Kominz

  • Ocean Leadership: Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Other, 11/4/09-11/3/12
  • Ocean Leadership: Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Other, 1/4/10-1/8/13

Carla Koretsky

  • Development of surface complexation models for Cr (VI) adsorption on soils, sediments, and model mixtures of kaolinite, montmorillonite, g-alumina, hydrous manganese and ferric oxides, and goethite, Doe, Federal, 9/1/10-8/31/12

Heather Petcovic

  • Development and evaluation of a problem-based field and laboratory environmental geochemistry course: National Science Foundation, Federal, 9/08-8/11
  • Improving the STEM workforce by improving community college teachers of science: National Science Foundation, Federal, 8/08-8/13
  • Collaborative Proposal: Learning across the Expert-Novice Continuum; Cognition in the Geosciences, National Science Foundation, Federal, 9/08-8/12

Mohamed Sultan

  • Integration of Grace Data with Inferences from Hydrologic Models, Geochemical Data, and Field Data for a Better Understanding of the Time-Dependent Water Storage Variability in Large-Scale Aquifers: Case Studies from North Africa, NASA, Federal, 4/08-4/12
  • Mojave Water Investigation: California State University, Fullerton, Education, 5/1/10-6/30/11
  • Sinai Egypt Water Resources: NATO, Foreign, 4/27/07-10/1/12
  • Detailed Studies on Landslides in Jazan Area: Saudi Arabia Geological Survey, Foreign, 7/15/2010-7/15/2013
  • Nile Delta Subsidence: NSF, Federal, 10/1/11-9/30/14
  • Enhancing capacity for water resource studies in Egypt and Morocco: U.S. Department of State, Federal, 10/1/11-9/30/14
  • Grace, remote sensing, and traditional data sets for modeling time dependent water partitioning on continental scale: A case study from Africa, NASA, Federal, 10/1/11-9/30/14