The Department of Earth & Space Sciences at West Chester Universtiy frequently hosts speakers from national lecture series. The presentations are open to the public and take place on Wednesdays, unless otherwise noted, from 4:00-4:50pm in Merion Science Center Room 113. Dates for the spring 2017 semester appear below.  As speakers are retained, they will be added to the schedule.

seminar panel         seminar

A panel of alumni speak to current students           Students work on their resumes and interview skills.

      about their career paths in industry,

         education, and graduate school.


Date Speaker(s) Title
Jan. 25, 2017 Drs. Howell Bosbyshell and Daria Nikitina Introduction and Course Overview
Feb. 1, 2017

Dr. Daria Nikitina, Associate Professor

West Chester University

Is Antarctica Melting?
Feb. 8, 2017

Mr. Ronald Sloto, Honorary Professor

West Chester University

Benzene in the Lower Sand Aquifer of Philadelphia: A Case for Multiple Lines of Evidence
Feb. 15, 2017

Dr. Martin Helmke, Professor

West Chester University

Advising Workshop

Feb. 22, 2017

Dr. Donald Barber, Associate Professor

Bryn Mawr College

Varying Carbon Accumulation in East Coast Marshes:  Interferences from Stable Isotope Records Spanning the Last 2,000 Years


Feb. 27, 2017

Dr. John Cottle, Associate Professor

UC-Santa Barbara

MSA Distinguished Lecturer

Taking the Pulse of the Himalaya: Insight into Orogenesis from the Roof of the World

Mar. 1, 2017

Dr. Young-Gyu Park

Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology

Research Plan for the Kuroshio Extension in the North Pacific Ocean by the Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology
Mar. 8, 2017 No Seminar  
Mar. 15, 2017 No Seminar - Spring Break  


Mar. 21, 2017

Asplundh Hall


Dr. Vandana Shiva, Author

Global Goals for Sustainable Development

(Presented by the Sustainability Advisory Committee of West Chester University)

Mar. 22, 2017

Dr. William Simpkins, Professor

Iowa State University

Using Enteric Virus Tracers in Groundwater to "Protect" Drinking Water in Ames, Iowa

Mar. 29, 2017 Ms. Beatrice O'Hara and Mr. Ian Higgins Graduate Student Research Presentations
Apr. 5, 2017

Dr. Jessica Warren, Associate Professor

University of Delaware

Interpreting Transform Fault Earthquakes from Seafloor Rock Samples
Apr. 12, 2017

Earth and Space Sciences Faculty

Highlight Department Faculty Research
Apr. 19, 2017

Dr. Jeremy Williams, Assistant Professor

Kent State University

Utilizing Geochemical Techniques in Understanding the Permian-Triassic Extinction
Apr. 26, 2017

Dr. Neil Comins, Professor

University of Maine

AAS Harlow Shapley Visiting Astronomer

What If There Were No Moon?
May 3, 2017 Drs. Howell Bosbyshell and Daria Nikitina Concluding Remarks and Course Survey