People at the Survey

Michigan Geological Survey at Western Michigan University is very active in research related to geology and natural resources. The survey is housed within the Department of Geosciences; however, researchers and other participants come from different departments.

David A. Barnes, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Geosciences
  • Sedimentology, Michigan subsurface geology

Daniel Cassidy, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of Geosciences
  • Environmental engineering, site remediation, waste treatment

Ronald B. Chase, Ph.D.

  • Professor Emeritus of Geosciences
  • Igneous and netamorphic petrology, geotechnical analysis

Robb Gillespie, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Geosciences
  • Sedimentology, petroleum geology, geomorphology

Johnson R. Haas, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of Geosciences
  • Aqueous geochemistry, geomicrobiology

Duane R. Hampton, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of Geosciences
  • Hydrogeology, groundwater modeling

Linda Harrison, M.S.

  • Administrator, Michigan Geological Repository for Research and Education
  • Geology

William B. Harrison III, Ph.D.

  • Professor Emeritus of Geosciences
  • Stratigraphy, petroleum geology

Sita Karki, M.S.

  • GIS Technician, Michigan Geological Survey
  • Geographic Information System

Alan E. Kehew, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Geosciences
  • Hydrochemistry, glacial geology

Michelle Kominz, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Geosciences
  • Geophysics, basin dynamics

Carla M. Koretsky, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Geosciences
  • Aqueous geochemistry, biogeochemistry

R.V. Krishnamurthy, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Geosciences
  • Stable isotope geochemistry

Heather Petcovic, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of Geosciences
  • Earth science education

William A. Sauck, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of Geosciences
  • Geophysics

Christoper J. Schmidt, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Geosciences
  • Structural geology

Mohamed Sultan, Ph.D.

  • Chair, Department of Geosciences
  • Remote sensing of the environment

Joyashish Thakurta, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Geosciences
  • Igneous and metamorphic petrology, economic geology

Jennifer L. Trout, M.S.

  • Geology

Peter Voice, Ph.D.

  • Instructor of Geosciences; Director, K-12 outreach
  • Sedimentologist

John A. Yellich, M.S.

  • Director, Michigan Geological Survey
  • Environmental geology