The Department of Earth & Space Sciences at West Chester University frequently hosts speakers from national lecture series. The presentations are open to the public and typically held each Fall Semester. Fall 2018 engagement dates will appear as available and will take place on Thursdays, unless otherwise noted, from 3:25-4:15pm in Merion Science Center Room 113. Dates for Fall 2017 appear below and are representative of the topic diversity the lecture series offers.
A panel of alumni speak to current students about their career paths in industry, education, and graduate school
Students work on their resumes and interview skills
|Aug. 30, 2017||Earth and Space Department Faculty, Drs. Cynthia Hall, Daria Nikitina and LeeAnn Srogi||Introduction to Seminar|
|Sept. 6, 2017||Dr. Joby Hilliker
Mr. Dan Bocchiccio, Student Researcher
|The Earth and Space Sciences Department Drone: Data Collection and Mapping in the 21st Century|
|Sept. 13, 2017||Dr. Cynthia Hall and Earth and Space Students||Student Sharing Internship, Course Travel and Research Experiences|
|Sept. 20, 2017||Dr. Christopher Roemmele
|Unearthing Geologic Blindness: Undergraduate Students' Attitudes and Conceptual Understanding of Geology|
|Sept. 27, 2017||FACULTY and STUDENTS
Earth and Space Department Faculty
|Advising Workshop for Classes, Majors and Careers|
|Oct. 4, 2017||Dr. Veronique Petit
University of Delaware
|Magnetic Stars, Black Holes and Gravitational Waves|
|Oct. 11, 2017||Earth and Space Department Faculty||Research Opportunities for Students|
|Friday, Oct. 13, 2017
|Geological Association of New Jersey
Seminar at WCU
|Variety of Speakers and Topics|
|Oct. 18, 2017||Ms. Jamie Vann
and Mr. Dustin Renninger, Student Researcher
|Plant Growth and the Nutrient Content of Litterfall on Ultramafic Soils in Susua State Forest, Puerto Rico|
|Oct. 25, 2017||Mr. Chris Voci, P.G., M.A. (WCU)
Principle Geologist and VP-East Coast Operations Terraphase Engineering
|Applied Remediation Practices and Technologies for Contaminated Groundwater Sites|
|Nov. 1, 2017||Dr. Atsu Muto
|Ice-sheet Stability and the Sub-glacial Environment|
|Nov. 8, 2017||WCU Alumni Career Panel||Department Alumni followed by the Earth and Space Sciences Open House|
|Nov. 15, 2017||Dr. Gale Blackmer
PA State Geologist and
Director of the PA State Geologic Survey
|Science in Interesting Times|
|Nov. 22, 2017||No Seminar||Thanksgiving Break|
|Nov. 29, 2017||Dr. Terry Plank
Columbia University, LDEO
|Volatiles and Volcanic Vigor|
|Dec. 6, 2017||Earth and Space Department Faculty, Drs. Cynthia Hall, Daria Nikitina and LeeAnn Srogi||Undergraduate Attendance Only
The Department offers field courses to study and explore geology in regions outside the United States. The field study is conducted under the supervision of West Chester faculty and graduate students, during which students learn to apply geology field methods to study geomorphology and morphotectonics. Here is a summary International trips in the past:
2009 - Peru
2011 - Costa Rica
2013 - Russia
In conjunction with Moscow State University, several students studied the most preserved geologic regions of all Europe; the Khibiny Mountains and Lovozero Tundra, the Baltic Shield.
2017 - Jamaica
NEW 2018 - Iceland
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our students! For more information, please contactDr. Daria Nikitina
Every two years in late summer, the Department offers a course studying field geology
in the Western U.S., alternating between the NW Parks (in Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana) and SW Parks (in
Arizona and New Mexico). In this multi-week experience, students conduct geologic
mapping exercises and investigating stratigraphy, tectonic history, structural geology,
igneous petrology, geomorphology, hydrogeology, soils, natural hazards, and economic
resources of the national parks.
For more information, please contactDr. Martin Helmke
The Gordon Natural Area (also referred to as 'the Gordon' and ‘the GNA’) occupies approximately 135 acres along the southeastern corner of West Chester University's campus and is administered in collaboration with the University's Office of Sustainability. Established as a protected area in 1971, the GNA has since served as a refuge for local wildlife and native plants, and as a multi-use setting for researchers, nature lovers, runners, dog walkers, and people looking to reconnect with the natural world.
2014 Northeastern Section Conference of GSA
WCU Geology majors presented their research posters at the 2014 Northeastern Section Conference of the Geological Society of America. A total of seven WCU students presented research posters that week - a record for the Department, and one of the larger University groups at the meeting.
Petrology Field Trips
Sedimentology & Stratigraphy Field Trips
Structural Geology Field Trips
Summer Southwestern Parks Field Trip
Earth Day Fair - 2014
To benefit local land preservation and ecosystem restoration programs.
Annual Garlic Mustard Pull
Students harvesting this non-native plant in the Gordon Natural Area.
Annual Clean-Up of Goose Creek in West Chester
Geoscience students participate in the Chester Ridley Crum Watershed Association's annual clean-up of Goose Creek.
Tree Planting Along the Brandywine
Students planting trees along the Brandywine Creek to benefit local land preservation and ecosystem restoration programs.
Native Plant Gardening
Students gardening native plants at Hildacy Preserve, Natural Lands Trust
Brandywine Polar Plunge 2014
Students took the plunge for this fundraising event to keep the Brandywine and Red
clean and healthy, and to support environmental education at the Myrick Center.
There are many facilities in the Department of Earth & Space Sciences available to students. These range in nature from student study areas to extensive sample collections to high-tech research equipment.
On the second floor of the Merion Science Center, where the department main office and faculty offices are located, is a student computer lab and a student library. The computer lab hosts 16 Windows PCs, a printer and scanner. The student lounge functions as a library and a place for students to gather and work on projects.
The department maintains a weather station on the roof of the Merion Science Center. Data collected from our local station in combined with satellite images, Doppler radar graphics, upper level atmospheric readings, and detailed surface maps which provide data concerning the conditions of the atmosphere world-wide. This data is used in classroom laboratory activities, as well as for student research projects. The Department also operates a local GPS calibration station.
The College of the Sciences and Mathematics maintains an astronomical observatory on the roof of the Schmucker Science Center which is overseen jointly by the Departments of Physics and Earth & Space Sciences. The main instrument is a 10-inch Meade reflecting telescope. The observatory has two SBIG CCD cameras and an SBIG stellar spectrograph. The telescope system can be used for basic observing, astrophotography, photometry, and spectroscopy. The observatory is used as an astronomical laboratory for astronomy courses and as a research area for independent study research projects. In addition to the permanently mounted telescope, there is also a suite of portable telescopes: seven 8" Dobsonian telescopes, three 8" Scmidt-Cassegrain telescopes, and a 14" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope.
Other facilities and scientific equipment that are available to students for both classroom use and independent research projects include: