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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.

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: 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.


Alivia J. Allison

Alivia J. Allison

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

Phone: (620) 341- 5984

Ph.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City (Geology: Paleoseismology and Archaeoseismology), 2013

M.S., University of Missouri-Kansas City (Geology: Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction), 2007

B.S., University of Missouri-Kansas City (Geology), 2004


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.