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Department of Geography and Geology

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Wendy Decroix receives 2014 Staff Excellence award from the Provost and President (Clinton Lewis photo)

Jonathan Oglesby conducts research on water issues in Niger with the Songhai people

Summer Storm Chasing Class with Dr. Josh Durkee

Geo-faculty assist with the Corvette Museum Sinkhole

Dr. Josh Durkee shot this quad-copter image from 350 ft. above WKU’s campus showing approaching fog on Sept. 9.

Outstanding Students 2014 - Beth Tyrie (left), Travis Garmon (center - right), Karissa Grammer (right)

Geoscientists at Sea, Summer 2014, with Jason Polk and Leslie North (Photo by Nile Vincz)

University Distinguished Professor of Geography, David J. Keeling

Grand Opening of the Reynolds Geological Resources Lab, Feb 2013

Outstanding Students 2014 - Preston Dallas (right), Crumps Cave (center), Austin Boys (right)

     About the Department and WKU

    Department Head David Keeling

 In Ogden College's Department of Geography and Geology,

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Evidence and Argument is the "Scientific Method." Our programs are the starting place for all things Geoscience related. From here you can explore courses taught and research conducted by world-class faculty, learn more about the degrees and courses we offer, connect with our great staff, and discover how a geography/geology/meteorology/GIS degree from WKU will put you on the map. Click on scholarship information.
Department Mission and Vision Statement

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Featured Faculty Member for April: - Dr. JOSH DURKEE joined the Department in Fall 2008 after completing his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. His primary research interests include assessing the role of mesoscale convective complexes (MCCs) in precipitation variability in North and South America. He is particularly interested in using space-borne instruments, such as the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite, for estimating rainfall. He is also interested in understanding how changes in land cover may alter the physical and rainfall characteristics of MCCs. Josh has also published research pertaining to severe wind storms that are not associated with thunderstorms. He is particularly interested in developing dynamic models that help determine the various origins of these non-convective wind events (NCWEs), and coupling these models with remote sensing data in order to improve the forecast for these potentially dangerous wind storms. Josh has also conducted education-based research with the aim of improving teaching and learning of science and mathematics in introductory weather and climate laboratories and developing modern educational student assessment tools. Dr. Durkee created the CHAOS lab to engage students more effectively in analysis and forecasting. For more information about these or other of his research projects, as well as opportunities for research collaboration, feel free to contact Dr. Durkee at josh.durkee@wku.edu or at (270) 745-8777. To learn more about faculty and student research, just click on Publications.

WKU's Department of Geography & Geology was established in 1907, so we've been offering great courses now for over 100 years! The Department 100 years ago

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The Department of Geography and Geology at WKU offers excellent undergraduate and graduate educational opportunities and is a leader in relevant research and public service. Read about the Department's Study Abroad and international activities in the Alumni Magazine. Learn More...

 

LATEST FACULTY NEWS

      New Weather Museum
      Cool Video with Logan Mitchell
      Dr Polk appears on the BBC
      Publications by faculty/students
      MS Geoscience program
      Foster elected AASC President
      Fall 2014 GEOGRAM Newsletter



Department Events and News

      Scholarship Information
      John All in the Himalayas
      Stormchasers travel 8,311 miles
      Keeling appointed Editor
      Grad Student wins major award
      Supercomputer aids research
      University Events


Department Event Calendar

Department News Archive


Department Mailing Address:

Environmental Science and Technology (EST)
Room 304
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Height Blvd. #31066
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1066, USA
Office: (270) 745-4555; Fax: (270) 745-6410

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