• 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 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. See the information provided below for a list of dates, topics and descriptions. Check back frequently for updates!

Upcoming events

Friday, April 20 | Student Outreach Career Seminar
Seminar geared towards departmental graduate and undergraduate students, 3:30 to 5 p.m., 1120 Rood Hall

Friday, April 20 | Annual Alumni Reunion and Student Award Ceremony
This event will begin with a potluck meal at 5 p.m. (main dish and refreshments will be provided). The award ceremony will follow.

Student proposals and defenses

Thursday, April 19 | Seismic reflection properties and architecture of a Silurian Niagaran Pinnacle Reef Complex, Michigan Basin, USA
Austin Johnson, Thesis Proposal, 2 p.m., 1192 Rood Hall

Wednesday, April 25 | Petrological and Geochemical Investigation of the East Eagle Intrusion Gabbro in Marquette County, Michigan, USA
Kevin Rupp, Thesis Proposal, 1 p.m., 1122 Rood Hall

Thursday, April 26 | Developing Early Warning Systems for Debris Flows and Harmful Algal Blooms
Sita Karki, Dissertation Proposal, 11 a.m., 1120 Rood Hall

Friday, April 27 | Multi-geophysical approach to mapping bedrock and interpreting glaciated buried valleys in East Leroy and Climax quadrangles, Michigan
Tyler Norris, Thesis Proposal, 9 a.m., 1120 Rood Hall