CURRENT ACTIVITIES - Spring 2017
March 24 - Faculty/student seminar: Dr. Royhan Gani and the Imperial Barrel Team
present: Bristle Bay, Alaska: Winning presentation of the WKU Imperial barrel Award Team.
EST 260 @ 3 pm.
March 3 - Faculty/student seminar: Amy Nemon, Geography and Study Abroad Instructor,
presents: Story Board: Telling your story abroad and in the classroom. EST 260 @ 3 pm - all invited.
February 17 - Faculty/student seminar: Geoscience Research Associate Thomas Brackman and Geoscience Graduate Student Matt Bentley present: Geophysics - Tools of Choice For The Next Decade . EST 260 @ 3 pm - all invited.
February 3 - Faculty/student seminar: Dr. William Haneberg, State Geologist and Research Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Kentucky, and the Kentucky Geological Survey, presents: The Laprak, Nepal Landslide: Rainfall Triggered Movement, Response to the 2015 Mw 7.8 Gorkha Earthquake, and Implications for the Utility of Simple Models in Regional Landslide Hazard Assessment.. EST 260 at 3 pm - all invited.
RECENT ACTIVITIES - FALL 2016 and prior semesters.
December 10 - Join the Department at 07:30 am in the EST lobby as we celebrate our
Fall 2016 graduates, followed by the Commencement Ceremony at 9:30 am in Diddle Arena.
December 2 - Faculty/student seminar: M.S. Geoscience student Jay Lively presents:
Zeolitic Materials: Magic or Wicked Awesome Mineralogy? . EST 260 at 3 pm - all invited.
November 18 - Faculty/student seminar: Drs Josh Durkee and Fred Siewers, candidates
for the Department Chair position, present their vision for the future of the Department.
EST 260 @ 3 pm. All invited.
November 4 - Faculty/Student seminar: Dr. Pat Kambesis presents: Cave and Karst Research in support of World Heritage Status - Xe Bang Fai River Cave,
Lao People's Democratic Republic. EST 260 @ 3 pm - all invited.
October 21 - Faculty/Student seminar: Dr. Chris Groves presents: Forensic Hydrogeology: Evaluating a Karst Critical Zone Enormously Altered by Coal
Combustion Residuals . EST 260 @ 3 pm - all invited,
October 14 - Faculty/Student seminar: Dr. Royhan Gani presents: To Drill or not to Drill: The student-centered Imperial Barrel Award Competition. EST 260 @ 3 pm - all invited.
September 23 - Faculty/Student seminar: Dr. Mike May presents: What in Tar Nation is Kyrock? EST 260 at 3 pm - all invited.
September 9 - Faculty/Student Seminar: Dr. Warren Campbell, Department of Engineering,
presents: Hurricanes and Humans and Floodplain Management, detailing two winter term study abroad opportunities. EST 260 @ 3 p.m.
August 26 - Welcome Seminar - EST 260 @ 3 p.m. - Everyone invited.
August 22 - Fall semester Classes begin on all campuses.
August 19 - President's Convocation (8 a.m.); Geoscience graduate student orientation
- 10:30 a.m. in EST 337.
August 18 - Departmental Continuation Committee meeting - 9 am, EST 328.
August 17 - Ogden Convocation (a.m.) and Departmental retreat (1 p.m. EST 350).
May 13 - Graduate School Commencement at 5 pm Diddle Arena - all M.S. Geoscience students
completing Spring or Summer 2016.
May 14 - Undergraduate Commencement at 9:30 am in Diddle Arena - all departmental
majors and minors completing their degrees in Spring or Summer 2016.
April 29 - Dr. Peggy Gripshover presents: Fancy Horses on the Periphery: The Rise and Fall of Warren County, Kentucky, as a
Specialized Saddlebred Region. EST 260 at 3 pm.
April 15 - Dr. Pat Kambesis presents: Rocks, Water, People, and the Environment: The Great Pseudokarst of the Big Island
of Hawaii. EST 260 at 3 pm.
April 1 - Tyler Bodine, M.S. Gesocience student, presents: A Geological Examination of the Big Clifty Sandstone (Chesterian) of South Central
Kentucky. EST 260 at 3 pm.
April 1 - Annual Kentucky State Finals of the GeoBee - Knicely Center, South Campus
at 9 am.
March 18 - Faculty/Student Seminar: Dr. Vernon Domingo, Professor of Geography at Bridgewater State University, and Dr. Darrell P. Kruger, Professor of Geography, Provost, and Executive Vice Chancellor at Appalachian State University, present: The Physical and Cultural Geography of South Africa . EST 260 at 3 pm.
March 4 - Faculty/Student Seminar: Alumnus Andy Zimmerman, GISP (Ensafe Inc.) and current student Eric Anderson (Ensafe Intern) present: Streamlining Field Data Collection: Using a Custom Web Map to Directly Edit an Enterprise Geodatabase . EST 260 at 3 pm - all invited.
February 19 - Faculty/Student Seminar: Embla Eir Oddsdóttir, Director, Icelandic Arctic
Cooperation Network (IACN), presents: The Wicked Arctic". EST 260 at 3 pm - all invited.
February 5 - Faculty/Student Seminar - Dr. Sytske Kimball, University of South Alabama,
presents: Mesonet and WSR-88D Observations of Sea and Bay Breezes in the Mobile Bay Area. EST 260 at 3:00 pm - all invited.
January 25 - Spring classes begin.
December 12 - Join our graduating students at 11:30 am in the EST Lobby for a celebratory
brunch, followed by the 2 pm Commencement ceremony in Diddle Arena.
November 25-27 - Thanksgiving Break - No classes on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.
November 20 - Faculty/Student seminar series - Dr. Peggy Gripshover presents: Sinking Deeper into a Bowling Green Karst Legend - The "Uncle Henry" Story. EST 260 at 3 pm.
November 7 - Homecoming Celebrations - reunite at the Ogden College tent on the South
Lawn and reconnect with faculty and friends. Saturday 8:00 am to 10:00 am.
November 6 - Faculty/student seminar series - Josh Montgomery, Tommy Woodall, Preston
Dallas, and Ryan Uthoff (GIS graduates/students) present: Establishing and Maintaining a GIS for Planning, Design, and Construction and the
Department for Facilities Management at WKU. - EST 260 at 3 pm - all invited.
October 23 - Student/Faculty Seminar: Speakers - Glen Conner (State Climatologist
Emeritus) and Kevin Cary (GIS Center Director) present: Creative Mapping of Historical Events. EST 260 at 3 pm. All invited.
October 20 - ICSR Third Tuesday Tea: Dr. Katie Algeo and Graduate Student Collins
Eke present: National Parks & Resident Peoples: Unintended Consequences. DSU 2123 at 4 pm. All invited.
October 1-2 - Fall Break. No classes on Thursday and Friday
September 25 (Fri) - Faculty/Student Seminar Series. Ms Beth Tyrie (M.S. Geoscience
2014) presents: From Geoscience Graduate School to Industry: Bringing GIS and Advanced Analytics
to the Business World. EST 260 @ 3 pm - all invited.
September 11 -Student/Faculty Seminar: Speaker - Dr. Pat Kambesis presents Influence of Karst Denudation on the Northeast Coast of Curacao. EST 260 at 3 pm.
September 7 - Labor Day - WKU Closed
August 28 - Welcome Seminar - EST 260 @ 3 p.m. - Everyone invited.
August 24 - Fall semester Classes begin on all campuses.
August 21 - President's Convocation (8 a.m.); Geoscience graduate student orientation
- 10:30 a.m. in EST 337.
August 20 - Departmental Continuation Committee meeting - 9 am, EST 328.
August 19 - Ogden Convocation (a.m.) and Departmental retreat (p.m.).
May 18 - August 7: Summer Classes offered - see topnet.wku.edu for summer course information
May 15 (Fri) - Graduate Commencement Ceremony - 5 pm Diddle Arena.
May 16 (Sat) - Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony - 2 pm Diddle Arena.
May 7 (Thurs) - Departmental Awards Ceremony. EST 260 at 5 pm.
May 1 (Fri) - Student/Faculty seminar - Speaker R. Kerry Kehoe, Attorney, presents:
Seafloor Mining Issues. EST 260 at 3 pm.
April 21 (Tues) - student climate seminar - John Gordon (MIC) and Zack Taylor, National
Weather Service, present: Ingredients Based Approach to Heavy Rain and Flash Flood Forecasting, the recent northern
Illinois tornadoes, and the Flash Flood Hotspot Program. EST 350 at 5 pm - all invited.
April 17 (Fri) - Student/Faculty seminar - Speaker Dr. Michael Coffey,Senior Scientist
at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado, presents:
Two Issues in the Atmosphere: Ozone Depletion and Global Warming. EST 260 at 3 pm.
April 3 (Fri) - Student/Faculty seminar - Speaker Dr. David Keeling, Department Head,
presents: Rethinking Identity in Latin America: Mapping Argentina's National Schizophrenia. EST 260 at 3 pm.
April 2 (Thurs) - Meteorology and Climate Science Seminar - Speaker: Dr. James Spann, ABC 33/40 Chief Meteorologist, Birmingham, AL, and WeatherBrains host. EST 260 at 5 pm - all invited.
March 20 (Fri) - Student/Faculty seminar - Speaker Dr. Grady Dixon (Department of Geosciences, Fort Hays State University) presents: Research Topics in Biometeorology: Are Suicide Rates Affected by Weather?. EST 260 at 3 pm.
February 13 (Fri) - Student/Faculty seminar - Dr. Dawn Drake, Assistant Professor of Geography, Department of History and Geography, Missouri Western State University, Saint Joseph, Missouri, presents: Challenges and Opportunities for Agriculture in the Rural-Urban Fringe - EST 260 at 3 pm.
February 6 (Fri) - Student/Faculty seminar - Kevin Hobbs, Ph.D. Candidate at University of New Mexico and Geology Instructor University of the South, presents: Climate, Sedimentation, and Tectonics in the Paleogene San Juan Basin, New Mexico. EST 260 at 3 pm.
January 23 (Fri) - Graduate Geoscience workshop with Graduate Faculty: EST 337 at 10:30 am.
December 5 (Fri) - Bi-weekly seminar - Speaker: Dr. Jason Polk presents: Cars and Karst: Investigation of the National Corvette Museum Sinkhole. EST 260 @ 3 pm - all invited.
December 13 (Sat) - Commencement for Fall graduates. 09:30 am in Diddle Arena.
November 21 (Fri) - Bi-weekly seminar - Speaker: University Distinguished Professor
of Hydrogeology Dr. Chris Groves presents: Inorganic Carbon Dynamics and Subsurface Diel Cycles in a Humid Subtropical Soil--Epikarst
System. EST 260 @ 3 pm - all invited.
November 7 (Fri) - Bi-weekly seminar - Speaker Jonathan Oglesby (Geoscience Graduate
Student) presents: Happy Water - Niger Project. EST 260 @ 3 pm - all invited.
October 24 (Fri) - Bi-weekly seminar - Speaker Dr. Peggy Gripshover presents: Horsing Around with Geography: Kentucky Derby Winners’ Foaling Locations, 1875-2013. EST 260 @ 3 pm - all invited.
October 10 (Fri) - Bi-weekly seminar - Speaker Dr. Pat Kambesis presents: World-class tourism on a world-class karst: Impacts of touristic development on the
vast karst systems of Cancun to Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico. EST 260 @ 3 pm. All invited.
September 19 (Fri) - Bi-weekly seminar - Dr. Stuart Foster presents: A Matter of Perspective: The Ramblings of a Practicing Geographer. EST 260 @ 3 pm.
September 5 (Fri) - Fall welcome for all geoscience faculty and students - EST 260
@ 3 pm
August 25 (Mon) Fall semester classes begin.
August 22 (Fri) WKU Opening Convocation 8-10 am, Van Meter Auditorium.
August 22 (Fri) Geoscience Graduate Orientation (ALL new and returning M.S. Geoscience
students), 10-2 pm, EST 328 (mandatory meeting - lunch provided).
August 20 (Weds) - Ogden Dean-Faculty meeting AM; Departmental Retreat, 12noon -
5 pm, location TBA.
May 16/17 (Fri/Sat) - Graduation Weekend! Graduate student ceremony at 5 pm in Diddle
Arena, Friday; Undergraduate Ceremony @ 9:30 am Saturday in Diddle Arena. Congratulation
breakfast at 7:30 am Saturday in EST Lobby.
May 8 (Thurs) - Annual Geography and Geology Outstanding Students Ceremony - 5 pm
EST Lobby and EST 260 (presentations) - all invited.
May 2 (Fri) - Dr. Eric Rappin, Research Assistant Professor, presents: The role of surface fluxes of heat and moisture in convection in hurricanes and over
land - EST 260 @ 3 pm. All invited
April 27 (Sun) - Annual Ogden College Student Awards - Knicely Center, South Campus
@ 2 pm.
April 18 (Fri) - Dr. Andrew McMichael, WKU Department of History, presents: The Geographical Determinism of Beer - EST 260 @ 3 pm - all invited.
April 10 (Thurs) - Dr Rezaul Mahmood Receives Ogden College Award for Research and
Creative Activity, (2013-2014) - Faculty House at 3 pm - all invited.
April 4 (Friday) - Dr. Allison Kennedy Thurmond, AAPG Distinguished Speaker - presents:
Preparing for the Quickening Pace of Technology Evolution in Petroleum Geoscience - EST 260 at 3 pm - all invited
March 21 (Friday) - Orn Gudmundsson, Honorary Consul from Iceland to Kentucky, presents: Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice - EST 260 at 3 pm - all invited.
March 19 (Wednesday) - Ogden College of Science and Engineering will host a "Sinkhole Symposium" on Wednesday, March 19th from 7-8 pm in Snell Hall Room 2113. This event will feature short, stimulating presentations from both Geoscience faculty and Engineering students about the origin and aftermath of the National Corvette Museum sinkhole that occurred February 12th. Please join us for this exciting and informative session.
February 21 (Friday) - Dr. M. Royhan Gani, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences,
University of New Orleans, Reservoir analog study of shallow-marine and fluvial deposits in world-class outcrops,
Book Cliffs, Utah - EST 260 @ 3 pm - all invited.
February 7 (Friday) - Departmental Seminar - Dr. Elizabeth Winkler, WKU Department
of English, Regional Dialectology: Impacts on Language Variation and Change - EST 260 at 3 pm - all invited.
December 6 (Friday) - Departmental Seminar - Ronnie Leeper, Research Associate with the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites, North Carolina State University, Overview of the U.S. Climate Reference Network (USCRN) and its Research Applications, EST 260 @ 3 pm - all invited.
November 22 (Friday) - Departmental Seminar - Scott Dobler, Kentucky Geographical
Alliance, presents: The Politics of Geoscience Education, EST 260 @ 3 pm - all invited.
November 8 (Friday) - Departmental Seminar - Ashley Littell Hitt and Nathan "Jess"
Cary (MS Geoscience alumni) present: Extending Broadband Mapping Into Economic Development and Planning Initiatives. EST 260 at 3 pm - all invited.
October 25 (Friday) - Departmental Seminar - Tony Bedel, Environmental Technologist at the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (and an alumnus of the department) presents: Climate Change and Associated Fire Potential for the Southeastern U.S. in the 21st Century. EST 260 at 3 pm - all invited.
October 11 (Friday) - Departmental Seminar - Susanne McDowell, a Ph.D. Candidate in Environmental Sciences at Vanderbilt University, presents Before and After a Supereruption: Insights from the southern Black Mountains, western Arizona. EST 260 at 3 pm - all invited.
September 27 (Friday) - Departmental Seminar - Dr. Darlene Applegate, WKU Department
of Folk Studies and Anthropology, presents: Archaeological Investigations of a Historic Saltpeter Cave in Hart County, Kentucky. EST 260 @ 3 pm - all invited
September 13 - (Friday) Departmental Seminar - Dr. Udaysankar S. Nair, Department
of Atmospheric Science, University of Alabama-Huntsville, presents: Impact of Land-Use Change on Regional Weather and Climate under varied Geographic
Settings. EST 260 at 3 pm - all invited.
August 30 - (Friday) Annual departmental welcome seminar - EST 260 at 3 pm - all invited.
August 21 - (Wednesday) Ogden Convocation a.m. followed by Departmental Retreat
1-5 pm (Location TBA)
May 10/11 - Congratulations to all of our graduates - Commencement Ceremonies.
May 9 - Funeral and Memorial for Debbie Kreitzer, beloved colleague and friend, who
died suddenly on Sunday May 5th. Donations in her memory to the Debbie Kreitzer Study Abroad Memorial Scholarship fund.
May 3 - Dr. Jessica Oster, Vanderbilt University Department of Earth and Environmental
Sciences, presents: California Precipitation Response to Deglacial Climate Change Revealed by Speleothems - EST 260 at 3 pm.
May 2 (Thursday)- Annual Geography and Geology Student Awards and Graduation Reception
- EST 260 at 5 pm.
April 22 (Monday)- Dr. David K. Adams, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico
City - The Use of GPS Meteorological Networks for Studying Deep Tropical Convection in the
Amazon - EST 328 - 10:15 to 11:15
April 21 (Sunday) - Annual Ogden College Student Awards Ceremony, Knicely Center (South
Campus) 3 pm.
April 19 - Dr. Holli Drummond, Department of Socieology - Adolescent Exposure to Violence in a Colombian Comuna - EST 260 @ 3 pm.
April 5 - Chelsea Brunner, Barrick Gold Corporation, Elko, NV (Geology Alumna) - Geology of Carlin-Type Gold Deposits and the Goldstrike Property near Carlin, NV - EST 260 at 3 pm
March 22 - Dr. Jenna Cole, Department of Geography and Geology, WKU - Climate Change and Human Evolution -- EST 260 at 3 pm.
March 1 - Dr. Nicole Breazeale, Department of Sociology, WKU - Community Asset Mapping as a Pedagogical Tool - EST 260 at 3 pm.
February 15 - Dr. Sallie E. Greenberg (Illinois State Geological Survey) - Demonstrating Geologic Sequestration in a Deep Saline Reservoir: Illinois Basin Decatur
Project - EST 260 at 3 pm.
February 5 - Richard Reynolds Foundation Gift Announcement - Reynolds Lab, EST 326
at 10:30 am.
February 1 - Dr. David Keeling, University Distinguished Professor of Geography,
presents: How to Use Geographic Analysis to Influence Public Opinion. EST 260 at 3 pm.
January 22 - Geography and Geology classes begin for the Spring 2013 semester.
December 15 - Join the Department in EST lobby at 12 pm to celebrate our new graduates. Ogden College graduation commences at 2 pm in Diddle Arena.
November 30 - Dr Eric Rappin, WKU Climate Research group, presents What May Happen to the Frequency and Intensity of Hurricanes in a Warmer World? EST 260 at 3 pm.
November 9 - Dr. John All presents Environmental Change in the Mountains of the World and the American Climber Science
Program - EST 260 at 3 pm - everyone invited.
November 9 - Kamal Humagain presents his M.S. thesis research: Examining Land-Use/Land-Cover Change and Potential Causal Factors in the Context of
Climate Change in Sagamartha National Park, Nepal - EST 349 at 1 pm.
November 1 - Jeremy Young presents his M.S. thesis research: Teleconnective Influences on the Strength of Post-tropical Cyclones- EST 349 at 4 pm.
October 26 - Brandon Fowler presents his M.S. thesis research: Understanding Colombian Violence through GIS and Statistical Approaches. EST 260 at 3 pm.
October 20 - Annual Homecoming Celebration - join faculty, students, and alumni at
the Departmental/Ogden tent on South Lawn, 11 am to kick off.
October 12 - Dr. Donna Renaud, Department of Communications, presents: An analysis of Burmese and Iraqi Resettlement Locations and Assimilation in Bowling
Green, Kentucky - EST 260 at 3 pm.
September 14 - Geology REU and Summer Research Experiences - EST 260 at 3 pm.
August 31 - Annual Departmental Welcome and Faculty-Student Introductions - EST 260 at 3 pm.
May 12 - Undergraduate Student Commencement Ceremony, Diddle Arena at 2 pm.
May 11 - Graduate Student Commencement Ceremony, Diddle Arena at 5 pm.
May 4 - M.S. Geoscience graduate student Melissa Cary presents her thesis research:
Making Music Sustainable: The Case of Marketing Summer Jamband Music Festivals in
the US, 2010 EST 260 at 3 pm.
M.S. Geoscience graduate student Sarah Arpin presents her thesis research: Hydrogeology of the Haney Limestone, South-Central Kentucky. EST 260 at 3:30 pm.
April 26 - Annual Departmental Honors and Awards Night - EST Lobby and 260 at 5 pm - all invited.
April 20 - Dr. Grant Harley, University of Tennessee (Knoxville) presents: Tree Growth Dynamics, Fire History, and Fire-Climate Relationships in an Endangered Subtropical Ecosystem. EST 260 at 3 pm.
April 19 - John Gordon (Meteorologist-in-Charge) and Ted Funk (Science Officer), National Weather Service, Louisvlle, present: The March 2, 2012, Tornado Outbreak, and Careers in NWS - 2:20 pm in EST 337.
April 17 - Ashley Littell Hitt, GISP, from Connected Nation, presents: Careers in GIS in IE 301 at 12:45 pm.
April 16 - Dr. Royhan Gani, University of New Orleans, presents: Tectonics and Human Evolution in EST 349 at 9:10 am.
April 12 - Dr. L. Michael Trapasso presents: Big Game Parks of South Africa - Far Away Places at Barnes & Noble, 7 pm.
April 6 - M.S. Geoscience graduate student Celia Davis presents her thesis research:
An Examination of White-Nose Syndrome Occurrence and Dispersal Patterns: Temporal-spatial
Evaluation of an Emerging Pathogen - EST 260 at 3 pm.
March 23 - Dr. Carl Bolster, USDA-ARS Animal Waste Management Research Unit, Bowling
Green, presents: Evaluation of the Kentucky Phosphorus Index and Potential Ways to Improve it. EST 260 at 3 pm.
March 16 - Dr. Faisal Hossain, Tennessee Technological University, presents: Promoting the Value of Water Cycle Remote Sensing Missions (SWOT and GPM) and Climate
Studies to Non-Traditional Consumers - EST 260 at 3 pm.
March 15 - Dr. Nahid Gani, University of New Orleans, presents: Uplift and Incision of the Ethiopian Plateau, East Africa - EST 349 at 4 pm.
February 10 - Dr. Chris Groves presents: "Mineral Weathering and Atmospheric CO2 in China" - EST 260 at 3 pm
January 27 - Dr. John All presents: "Expedition to the Summit of Everest" - EST 260 at 3 pm
2011, December 16-17 - Commencement Ceremonies
December 9 - Sami Almudaris presents his thesis research: Measuring Accessibility to Primary Care Physicians in the Nashville Metropolitan Statistical
Area - EST 260 at 3 pm.
December 2 - Dr. Darren Purcell, Oklahoma State University, presents: A Laughing Matter: Humor and Geopolitics - EST 260 at 3 pm. All invited.
November 28 - Chris Blinn presents his M.S. thesis research: Creation of a Spatial Decision Support System as a Risk Assessment Tool Based on Kentucky Tornado Climatology from 1950-2010. EST 349 at 2 pm.
November 11 - Sean Vanderhoff presents his M.S. Geoscience thesis research: Multiple Storm Event Impacts on Epikarst Storage and Transport of Organic Soil Amendments
in South-central Kentucky.
Laura Benneyworth presents her M.S. Geoscience thesis research: Distribution of Trace Elements in Cumberland River Basin Reservoir Sediments. EST 260 - 3 pm
October 28 - Dr. Stuart Foster presents: A Perspective on Climate: The View from the Front Porch - EST 260 at 3 pm - all invited.
October 14 - Dr. L. Michael Trapasso presents: The Rise and Fall of a Confederate State Capital: The Civil War in Bowling Green, Kentucky - EST 260 - all invited.
October 22 - Annual Homecoming Cookout and Get-together - Look for the Geog/Geol tent on the lawn from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm.
September 9 - Annual Departmental Welcome and Faculty-Student Introductions - EST
260 at 3 pm.
September 23 - Margaret Crowder presents: Cultural and Environmental Observations from a First-time Visit to China. Liang Chen (Visiting Researcher from China) presents: Evaluation of Dynamically Downscaled Climate over the southeastern U.S.
May 5 - Annual Departmental Honors Night - all invited. Refreshments in EST lobby at 5 pm, with awards program commencing at 5:20 pm in EST 260.
April 29 - Samantha Kramer presents her thesis research: Determining the Ion-Exchange Mechanism of Strontium into a Niobium-Doped Titanosilicate. EST 260 at 3 pm.
April 15 - Dan Nolfi presents his thesis research: National Park Service Cave and Karst Resources Management Case Study: Great Smoky
Mountains National Park, and Nate Oris presents his thesis research: Spatial Analysis of Fatal Automobile Accidents in Kentucky from 2001-2009. EST 260 at 3 pm.
April 1 - Josh Gilliland presents his thesis research: An Analysis of High-Wind Events from Post-Tropical Cyclones during 1951-2009. EST 260 at 3 pm.
March 18 - Scott Dobler, Kentucky Geographical Alliance, presents: Coping with the Budget and Education Crisis - Geoactivism. EST 260 at 3:00 pm.
February 18 - Kortney Craft presents her thesis research: Economic Impacts of Drought on Kentucky Corn, Hay, and Soybeans. EST 260 at 3:00 pm.
February 4 - Dr. P. Grady Dixon, Mississippi State climatologist, presents: Using GIS and spatial statistics objectively to identify tornado risk areas. EST 260 at 3:00 pm
December 3 - Elizabeth Robb presents her thesis research: Farmers' Markets in Kentucky: A Geospatial, Statistical, and Cultural Analysis. EST 260 at 3:00 pm
December 3 - Dr. Kay Gandy presents: Cultural Vignettes from Geoscience Research. EST 260 at 3:30 pm.
November 19 - Brandon Porter presents his thesis research: An Application and Refinement of the Karst Disturbance Index Through Evaluating Variability
in Island Karst Disturbance in Puerto Rico. EST 260 at 3:00 pm
November 19 - Ben Miller presents his thesis research: The Hydrology of the Carroll Cave –Toronto Springs System. EST 260 at 3:30 pm.
November 13 - Kentucky Academic of Science student/faculty presentations - check online for program information.
November 5 - Ann Epperson presents her thesis research - Internet GIS as a Historic Place-Making Tool for Mammoth Cave National Park. EST 260 at 3 pm.
October 30th - Annual Homecoming Tent - Campus South Lawn - 11 am to 2 pm (food and
soda provided) - see you there.
October 22 - Jon Hall presents his thesis research: Geographic factors of residential burglary: A case study of Nashville, TN. EST 260 @ 3 pm.
October 1 - Faculty and staff present: Travel Abroad and other Field Opportunities. EST 349 at 3 pm
September 17 - Students from the Geology Program present examples of summer research
programs, including Semester at Sea, REU, and other experiences. EST 260 @ 3 pm.
September 10 - Professor Chen Weihai, Institute for Karst Geology, Guilin, China,
presents: China's Tiankeng: The World's Largest Sinkholes." EST 349 at 1:15 pm - all invited.
September 3 - Annual Departmental Welcome and faculty/student introductions - EST
260 at 3 pm. Everyone welcome.
May 6 - Annual Departmental Honors Night - all invited. Refreshments in EST lobby at 5 pm, with awards program commencing at 5:20 pm in EST 260.
April 30 - Erin Greunke presents her Master's thesis research: The GLOBAL Project: Observing Geographic Literacy Obtained by Study Abroad Learning. EST 260 at 3 pm.
April 2 - Dr. Jason Polk, Assistant Professor of Geography, presents: Clues from Karst: Implications Regarding Climate Change, Land Use, and Water Resources. EST 260 at 3 pm.
March 19 - MS Graduate Student Scot Russell presents his thesis research: Geophysical Investigation of Fresh Water Occurrence in the Line Hole Well Field, San Salvador Island, The Bahamas. EST 260 at 3 pm.
February 19 - MS Graduate student Chrissie Hollon presents Altering Perspectives of Life and Water, A Student Study Tour of China's Yunnan Province
Karst Region, followed by a video titled Hidden Waters and Dragons in the Deep: The Freshwater Crisis in China's Karst Regions. EST 260 at 3 pm.
February 5 - Bob Ward, Chief of Science and Resources Management at Mammoth Cave National
Park, and Dr. Rick Toomey, Director of the Mammoth Cave Center for Science and Learning,
present a few Mammoth Cave programs and general research opportunities. EST 260 at
December 4 - MS Geoscience graduate student Matthew Brunt presents his thesis research:
Before the Park: Creating an Historic GIS of Mammoth Cave Area Communities, 1920. EST 260 at 3 pm.
December 1 - Dave Cooper from the "Mountaintop Removal Roadshow" leads a discussion
on controversial coal-mining techniques in Kentucky. EST 260 at 4 pm.
November 14 - Annual meeting of the Kentucky Academy of Science and joint meeting
of the Kentucky Society of Professional Geologists - Nothern Kentucky University.
November 7 - Annual departmental alumni Homecoming celebration - our tent is in front
of Bates-Runner Hall along the Avenue of Champions, 1 pm to 4 pm. Food and beverages
November 6 - MS Geoscience graduate student Brian Ham presents his thesis research:
Using Conservation and Biological Tracers to Better Understand the Transport of Agricultural
Contaminants in the Epikarstic Zone. EST 260 at 3 pm - everyone invited.
October 30 - Dr. Matt Nee (Department of Chemistry) presents: Snow and Marine Impacts on Tropospheric Conditions: Assessing the Reactions That Happen
at Earth's Wet Surfaces. EST 260 at 3 pm. All welcome.
October 16 - Shwu-Jing Jeng presents her graduate thesis research: Geographic Information System Analysis of Changing Demographic Patterns and Ethnic
Restaurant Location in Bowling Green, Kentucky, 1940-2005. EST 260 at 3 pm.
September 11 - Dorien McGee, Department of Geology, University of South Florida, presents:
How Mighty is the Microbe? Combining ?^13 C Surveys with Environmental Monitoring
in Caves to Identify Microbial Sources of Dissolution. EST 260 at 3 pm - everyone welcome
September 4 - Annual Departmental Welcome and faculty/student introductions - EST
260 at 3 pm. Everyone welcome.
May 4 - Dr. Lee Florea presents: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Groundwater Flow within the Rock Matrix and
within Centimeter-Scale Macroporosity of the Biscayne Aquifer of Southeast Florida. Department of Physics and Astronomy Seminar Series, TCCW 251 at 4 pm.
May 1 - Nathan "Jess" Cary presents his graduate thesis research: Bosnians on the Diaspora: A Comparison and Contrast of Bosnian Refugees in Bowling
Green, KY, and Dublin, Ireland. EST 260 at 3 pm.
April 30 - The 29th Annual Department of Geography and Geology Honors Night, EST 260
and lobby at 5 pm - all department majors, minors, friends, and family are encouraged
to attend. Refreshments provided.
April 17 - Allison H. Ross presents her graduate thesis research: Modeling Stormwater Pollutant Transport in a Karst Region - Bowling Green, KY. EST 260 at 3 pm.
April 16 - Dr. Michael Trapasso presents Viking Voyages - 7 pm at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore (see announcement online.
April 3 - Christine McCoy, Manager of External Affairs, Coventa Energy, presents:
Waste Not, Want Not: Managing Solid Waste to Mitigate Global Warming. EST 260 at 3 pm - everyone welcome.
March 6 - Scott Dobler presents: Georeferencing Civil Air Patrol Photographs of the January 2009 Ice Storm: The Odyssey of a Spatial Sergeant and Teaching Geography is Fundamental: Federal Legislation (HR 1240) - EST 260 at 3 pm.
February 27 - Pat Kambesis (Hoffman Assistant Director) and Ben Miller (Hoffman Graduate student) present: Research Reconnaisance in Haiti: Karst, Culture, and Cooperation. EST 260 at 3pm.
November 21 - James N. Otoo presents his thesis research: Suspended Sediment Transport Dynamics and Sediment Yields in relation to Watershed
Characteristics, Upper Green River Basin, KY. EST 260 at 3 pm.
November 19 - Dr David Keeling presents: Russia - part of Global Awareness Week at WKU. Helm Library 100 at 10 am. Everyone welcome!
November 7 - Ted Baker presents his thesis research: Water Quality Impacts from Agricultural Land-Use in the Karst Groundwater Basin of
Qingmuguan, Chongqing, China. EST 260 at 3 pm.
October 24 - Cari Bourette presents her thesis research: Tasting Chile: Using Archetypal Metaphor to Map Cultural Landscape by Sampling Restaurants
in Five Chilean Cities. EST 260 at 3 pm.
October 16 - Dr David Keeling presents Cambodia at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore as part of the WKU Libraries Far Away Places Series,
October 10 - Julie Schenck Brown presents her thesis research: Atrazine Contamination and Suspended Sediment Transport within Logsdon River, Mammoth
Cave, Kentucky. EST 260 at 3 pm.
September 26 - Dr. Lee Florea presents: Visualization of Groundwater Flow Within Touching-Vug and Matrix Porosity in an Eogenetic
Karst Aquifer. EST 260 at 3pm.
September 12 - Geology faculty and students present: Summer Rocks: What I did on my summer vacation. EST 260 at 3 pm.
August 29 - Annual Fall welcome. All geoscience graduate students and undergraduate
majors and minors in Geography and Geology are invited to meet the faculty. EST 260.
August 25 - Fall 2008 semester classes begin (register online at topnet.wku.edu).
RECENT ACTIVITIES - 2007-2008
May 9/10: Join us as we celebrate our graduating seniors and Master's candidates
May 7 - Graduate student Gina Cesin presents her thesis research: Application of Electrical Resistivity and Microgravity to Locate Tunnels Aloing the
U.S. - Mexico Border at Calexico. EST 328 at 1 pm.
April 23 - Student Honors Night - Join us at 5 pm in the EST Lobby for refreshments
as we celebrate our graduating seniors and graduate students. Ceremonies begin at
5:30 pm in EST 260. All are invited!.
April 17 - Chuck DeCroix, Mammoth Cave National Park, sponsored by the Green River
Grotto, presents: Max Kamper and the Mammoth Cave Connection. EST 337 at 7 pm.
April 17 - Alejandro Emperador and Javier Jerónimo of the Cuban Speleological Society
present: Speleological Research in Cuba. EST 337 at 12:45 pm.
April 4 - Graduate student Nathan Rinehart presents his thesis research: Assessment of Natural Resource and Watershed Conditions at Little River Canyon National
Preserve, Alabama. EST 260 at 3 pm.
April 3 - Dr. Nico Goldscheider, Center for Hydrogeology, Université de Neuchatel,
Switzerland, presents: Origin, Transport, and Monitoring of Microbial Contamination of Karst Aquifers. EST 338 at 2:30 pm.
March 21 - Dr. Lee Florea, USGS, presents: Studies in Eogenetic Karst. EST 260 at 3 pm.
February 29 - Dr. Marvin Russell, Former Dean of Ogden College, presents: Tornadoes in Kentucky with reference to Agricultural Communities. EST 214A, 11:30 am to 12:20 pm. All invited.
February 15 - Graduate Student James Otoo presents: Groundwater Development in Africa. EST 260 at 3 pm.
February 1 - Dr. Kolson Schlosser presents: Environmental Security: Looking Back, Glancing Ahead. EST 260 at 3 pm. All invited.
January 22 - Spring classes begin - check out the new digital information screen outside EST 304!
December 15 - Commencement, Diddle Arena at 10 am. Come and celebrate the success of our graduating seniors and graduate students.
November 30 - Dr. L. Michael Trapasso presents The Indian Ocean Tsunami Revisited. EST 260 at 3 pm. Open to the public.
November 29 - Dr. Chris Groves and Dr. JAK Njoku present: Following the Slave Trade Underground: Exploring Nigeria's Ancient Cave Temple Complex
of Arochukwu. FAC 248 (Morgan Seminar Room)at 12 noon.
November 16 - John Walker presents his graduate thesis research - Ground-Level Ozone Across Kentucky: Modeling and a Synoptic Analysis of High Concentrations. EST 260 at 3 pm.
November 10 - Annual Alumni Homecoming Celebration - join us at the Department of
Geography and Geology Tent on Saturday afternoon for bar-b-que and beverages.
November 8 - Dr. Chris Groves presents The Longest Cave in the World: Kentucky's Mammoth Cave Systems, WKU Libraries Kentucky Live Series, Barnes & Noble, 7:00 pm. Open to the public.
October 26 - Dr. Aaron Celestian presents - Radioactive Waste Separation and Discovering Ion Exchange Mechanisms, EST 260 at 3 pm.
October 12 - Dr. David J. Keeling, Department Head, presents - Mega-Geography: Connecting People and Places. EST 260 at 3pm. Everyone invited.
September 28 - Dr. Andrew Wulff and selected Geology students present - "Summer Rocks!
What I Did on my Summer "Vacation." - EST 260 at 3 pm. Open to everyone.
September 20 - Dr. David Keeling presents "The Sahara" - WKU Far Away Places series
at Barnes and Noble bookstore. 7 pm.
August 31 - Annual Fall welcome. All geoscience graduate students and undergraduate
majors and minors in Geography and Geology are invited to meet the faculty. EST 260.
August 27 - Fall 2007 semester classes begin (register online at topnet.wku.edu).
PAST ACTIVITIES - 2006-2007
April 27 - Graduate Student Juan Herrera Escobar presents his thesis research: Late Quaternary Geomorphic History of the Upper Green River - Inferred from Alluvial
Deposits. EST 260 at 3:00 pm.
April 26 - Annual Geography and Geology Student Honors Night - EST 260 at 6 pm. Refreshments
provided. All invited.
April 26 - Graduate Student W. Mark Baldwin presents his thesis research: An Analysis of Key Aspects of Warm and Cool Season Flash Flooding in the Southern
Appalachians. EST 337 at 8:00 am.
April 24 - Graduate Student Ashley Littell presents her thesis research: Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Observed Soil Moisture Data from Nebraska. EST 338 at 11 am.
April 20 - Graduate Student Johanna Kovarik presents her thesis research: Storm Response and Water Balance of Two Temperate Rainforest Karst Environments. EST 260 at 3:00 pm.
April 15 - Ogden College Awards Ceremony, 3 pm Carrol Knicely Center, South Campus
April 6 - Graduate Student Caitlin Hager presents her thesis research: Excess Commuting in a Small Metropolitan Area: Bowling Green, Kentucky, EST 260, 3 pm.
March 30 - Annual Kentucky State Geography Bee finals - Knicely Center, 1 pm. Call
Scott Dobler (270-745-7078) for details.
March 23 - Graduate Student Jim Chaney presents his thesis research: The Rise of an Hispanic Enclave in Davidson County. EST 260 at 3pm. All invited.
February 9 - Dr. Chris Groves, Hoffman Institute Director, presents: Karst Water Resource Challenges in Southwest China. EST 260 at 3 pm. All invited.
January 26 - Scott Dobler, Co-Coordinator of the Kentucky Geographical Alliance, presents Geoscience Education in Kentucky. EST 260 at 3 pm. All invited.
November 19-21 - Annual Southeastern Division of the AAG (SEDAAG) conference, Morgantown,
November 17 - Graduate Student Christina Henry presents her thesis research: Flash Flooding in Eastern Kentucky: An Analysis of the 3-4 August, 2004, Event. EST 337 at 9 am. Everyone invited.
November 10 - Graduate Student Johnny Meredith presents his thesis research: Vadose Zone Hydrology in the Vicinity of Edna's Dome, Mammoth Cave, Kentucky.
Graduate Student Melissa Hendrickson presents her thesis research: The Influence of Organic Acid on the Dissolution Rate of Limestone: Northern Prince
of Wales Island, Alaska. EST 260 at 3 pm. All welcome.
November 9-10 - Kentucky Academy of Science, Morehead State University, Morehead,
October 28 - Homecoming on the WKU South Lawn - Look for the Geography and Geology
Tent - we'll have Bar-b-que and beverages! 2-4 pm, South Lawn.
October 27 - Dr. L. Michael Trapasso presents: Easter Island: Not So Mysterious . EST 260 at 3 pm. Everyone is invited.
October 13 -- Dr. Alexander Klimchouk from the Ukrainian Institute of Speleology and
Karstology presents: From Deep Seated Karst and Long Caves to High Mountain Karst and Deep Caves. EST 260 at 3pm.
September 29 -- John Broome presents his MS Thesis research - Computer Modeling of Karst Evolution. EST 260 at 3 pm. Everyone invited.
September 15 - Scotty Sharp presents his MS thesis research - Assessment of the Herbicide Atrazine within a Rural Drinking Water Source: Rough River
Lake, Kentucky. EST 260 at 3pm. Everyone invited!
September 1 - Annual Fall welcome. All geoscience graduate students and undergraduate
majors and minors in Geography and Geology are invited to meet the faculty. EST 260.
August 28 - Fall 2006 semester classes begin (register online at topnet.wku.edu).
July 14 - Graduate Student Sara Dalton presents her M.S. Thesis research, Strategies for reducing mosquito-borne disease vulnerability in equine populations: A Kentucky case study. EST 260 at 1 pm - ALL invited.
RECENT ACTIVITIES - 2005-2006
May 13 - Commencement Ceremony for Graduating Seniors (Spring and Summer) - LT Smith
Stadium, 7:30 pm.
May 12 - Special Graduation Ceremony for Master's students - 7:30 pm, Diddle Arena.
May 12 - Alena Bartosova, Illinois State Water Survet, presents: Modeling the Fox River Watershed. EST 260 at 3:30 pm. All Invited.
May 5 - Narcisa Pricope presents her M.S. Thesis research - Modeling Soil Erosion in the Upper Green River. EST 337 at 1 pm. All invited.
April 23 - Ogden College Annual Honors Awards ceremony, Carroll Knicely Center, South
Campus - 2pm (refreshments provided).
April 21 -- Daniel Reader presents his MS thesis research, Sustainability with Globalization: An Unsustainable Proposition?. EST 260 at 3 pm. Everyone is invited.
April 12 -- Student Honors Night - Join as at 6 pm in EST Lobby for refreshments as
we celebrate our graduating seniors and graduate students. Ceremonies begin at 6:15
pm in EST 260. All are invited!.
March 31 -- Annual State Geographic Bee, 1 pm at WKU South Campus. Sponsored by the National Geographic, the Kentucky Geographical Alliance, and WKU.
February 24 -- Glen Conner, Kentucky State Climatologist Emeritus, presents 156 Years of Weather Observations in Bowling Green. EST 260 at 3 pm. All are invited.
February 10 - Dr. John All presents Land Use and Climate Variability in Chile. EST 260 at 3 pm. All Invited.
February 7 - The Student Conservation Association discusses "Internship Opportunities" for students with GIS and Environmental experience.
EST 422 at 1:00 pm.
January 27 - Dr. Stuart Foster and Dr. Rezaul Mahmood present - The Mesonet Project and its National Consequences. EST 260 at 3 pm. Everyone is invited!
January 23 -- Spring Term Classes Begin
January 2-20 -- Winter Term classes.
December 7 -- Annual student and faculty Holiday lunch. EST 306 at 11:30 am. All geography
and geology majors and minors invited.
December 2 -- Graduate Student Dasen Kendrick presents his Master's Thesis research,
The Relationship Between Meteorological Patterns and Rural Ground Ozone Concentration. EST 260, 3 pm. All welcome!
November 10 -- Graduate Student Joel Despain presents his Master's Thesis research,
Hydrochemistry in an Alpine Karst System: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks,
California; and Andrea Croskrey presents her Master's Thesis research, Groundwater Sensitivity and Vulnerability Mapping in Kentucky using GIS. EST 260 at 3:40 pm. All Invited.
November 10-12 -- Annual Kentucky Academy of Science Conference, Richmond, Kentucky.
Please see a faculty member for more information or visit the KAS website at: http://kas.wku.edu/kas/meetinginfo.asp .
November 4 -- Ben Tobin presents his Master's Thesis research, Land Use and Cave Sedimentation in South-Central Kentucky. EST 260, 3 pm. All Invited!
October 25 -- Dr. Elerly Hamilton-Smith, Professor of Cave and Karst Management, Charles
Sturt University, Albury, Australia, presents: Thinking about Karst and World Heritage . EST 344 at 1 pm. All Invited.
October 20 -- Dr. David J. Keeling presents Tanzania! at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore, as part of the WKU Library Faraway Places Series,
7 pm. All Invited.
October 15 -- ANNUAL HOMECOMING! Visit the Geography and Geology Alumni Tent on South
Lawn, 2 pm - 4 pm, before the game. Food and beverages provided.
September 30 -- Dr. Chris Groves (Hoffman Institute), Dr. Carl Bolster (USDA), and
Joe Meiman (Mammoth Cave), present Quantitative Evaluation of Agricultural Land-Use and Karst Groundwater Resources. EST 260 at 3 pm. ALL INVITED!
September 21 -- Dr. John R. Marquart, Professor of Chemistry at Eastern Illinois University,
presents Caves: Worlds within the World. An Introduction to the Chemistry, Geology, and Ecology
of Caves. Thompson Complex Center Wing Room 129 at 7:30 pm. Presented as part of the Nashville
section meeting of the ACS convened at WKU and hosted by the Department of Chemistry.
September 16 -- Dr. Angél Fernández, Visiting Research Professor, University of Almería,
Spain, presents Protecting the Giant Geode in Spain. EST 260 at 3:00 pm. ALL INVITED
September 2 - Fall Welcome Meeting: Faculty and Student Introductions. EST 260 at
3:00 pm. ALL INVITED.
To view activities from past academic years, click on: PAST ACTIVITIES.
To return to the Department homepage, just click on the logo above.
Last updated on 3/24/17.
Note: documents in Portable Document Format (PDF) require Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher to view,
download Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Note: documents in Excel format (XLS) require Microsoft Viewer,
Note: documents in Word format (DOC) require Microsoft Viewer,
Note: documents in Powerpoint format (PPT) require Microsoft Viewer,
Note: documents in Quicktime Movie format [MOV] require Apple Quicktime,