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 on Thursdays, unless otherwise noted, from 3:25-4:15pm in Merion Science Center Room 113. Fall 2018 engagement dates appear below. As speakers are booked, the presentation schedule will be updated.
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, 2018||Earth and Space Sciences Department Faculty, Drs. Cynthia Hall, Daria Nikitina and Howell Bosbyshell||Introduction to Seminar|
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|Oct. 25, 2018||Dr. Maureen Long, Professor, Yale University|
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|Nov. 22, 2018||No Seminar|
|Nov. 29, 2018|
|Dec. 6, 2018||Earth and Space Sciences Department Faculty, Drs. Cynthia Hall, Daria Nikitina and Howell Bosbyshell||Assessment Survey|
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.
2015 - Costa Rica
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: