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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

The Department of Geography and Geology at WKU is 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 November: - Dr. Peggy Gripshover joined the faculty in 2009. Prior to WKU, she taught at Marshall University and the University of Tennessee (UT). Her research is centered on the interplay between cultural, historical, and economic geography in the U.S. South, and the Midwest. She earned her Ph.D. in Geography from UT, where she wrote her dissertation on the development and diffusion of the Tennessee Walking Horse. She has continued her interests in equine geographies with research on mules and the historical geography of horse racing in Kentucky, especially the Kentucky Derby. Dr. Gripshover also has interests in sports geography, specifically baseball. She is writing a book on the life and times of Charles H. Weeghman--the man who built what we now know as Wrigley Field in Chicago. Dr. Gripshover’s book examines the roles that individual decision makers, like “Lucky” Charlie Weeghman, have had on shaping the cultural and economic landscape of Chicago. In addition to her Weeghman book project, her research on “Wrigleyville,” the neighborhood surrounding Wrigley Field appeared as a book chapter in Northsiders (McFarland, 2008). She has published journal articles on baseball players’ involvement in dog fighting during the early 1900s, and the role of weather in early 20th century spring training in the Baseball Research Journal. She served as the Kentucky State Geographer in 2013 and is co-editor of the international journal FOCUS on Geography. 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

Cherry Hall

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

      Cool Video with Logan Mitchell
      Dr Polk appears on the BBC
      Publications by faculty/students
      MS Geoscience program
      Mahmood talks about Climate
      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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