Earth Science Faculty

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James S. Aber

James S. Aber

Roe R. Cross Distinguished Professor: Quaternary geology, Tectonic Geology, Remote Sensing and GIS

Phone: (620) 341-5981

B.S. State Univ. of New York at Binghamton, 1974.
M.S. University of Kansas, 1976.
Ph.D. University of Kansas, 1978.

Alivia J. Allison

General Earth Science, Natural Hazards, Paleoseismology, Geoarchaeology, Geomorphology

Phone: (620) 341- 5984

Ph.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2013

M.S., University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2007

B.S., University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2004

Michael Morales

Michael Morales

Geology Museum Director and Associate Professor: Paleontology, General Earth Science

Phone: (620) 341-5978

B.S University of California Davis, 1973.
M.A University of California Davis, 1975.
Ph.D University of California Berkeley, 1978.

Marcia Schulmeister

Marcia K. Schulmeister

Department Head, Associate Professor: Hydrogeology, Environmental Geology, Low-temperature Geochemistry

Phone: (620) 341- 5983

Ph.D., The University of Kansas (Geology/Hydrogeology), 2000
M.S., Michigan State University (Geology/Geochemistry), 1993
B.S., University of Illinois (Geology), 1985

Richard Sleezer

Richard Sleezer

Associate Professor and Chair of Department of Physical Science: Physical Geography, Meteorology, Soil Science, GIS

Phone: (620) 341-5984

B.S. Emporia, Kansas, 1987.
M.S. Emporia State University, 1990.
Ph.D. University of Kansas, 2001.

Kenneth Thompson

Kenneth Thompson

Professor: General Earth Science, Physical Science, Teacher Education

Phone: (620) 341-5985




Susan W. Aber

Mineralogy, Gemstones, U.S. Depository Map Librarian

Phone: 620-341-5977

B.S., University of Kansas, 1977.
Gemological Institute of America, California: Diamond Certificate, 1981; Colored Stones Certificate, 1986; Gemologist, 1987; Gold and Precious Metals Certificate, 1994.
Ph.D., Emporia State University, 2005.



Emeritus Faculty

Paul Johnston

Professor Emeritus: paleontology, general earth science, regional geology, Johnston Geology Museum

Phone: 620-341-5330

B.S. Geology, University of Kansas
M.S. Geology, University of Kansas



Adjunct Faculty

  • Volli Kalm -- Adjunct Professor: glacial and Quaternary geology. University of Tartu, Estonia. 
  • Daniel Merriam -- Senior Scientist, Kansas Geologic Survey: regional geology, stratigraphy and structural geology of Kansas. 
  • K. David Newell --Associate Scientist,  Kansas Geologic SurveyCarbonate geology, fluid inclusions, unconventional energy resources, CO2 sequestration.
  • Firooza Pavri--Associate Professor of Geography,University of Southern Maine: geography, foresty and wetlands, remote sensing and GIS.
  • Cheyrl M. Seeger -- Unit Chief, Geologist IV,Missouri Department of Natural Resources: Geologic mapping, mining and minerals
  • Rungruang Lertsirivorakul -- Associate Professor, Khon Kean University, Thailand: hydrogeology, geology of Thailand
  • Steven Veatch -- Veatch Geoscience, Colorado.: geology of Colorado, economic geology, paleontology.