Earth Science Faculty

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Marcia Schulmeister

Dr. Marcia K. Schulmeister

Department Head and 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.

James S. Aber

Dr. 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.

Dr. Alivia J. Allison

Assistant Professor. General Earth Science, Natural Hazards, Paleoseismology, Geoarchaeology, Geomorphology, Soil Science

Phone: (620) 341- 5984

B.S. University of Missouri at Kansas City, 2004
M.S. University of Missouri at Kansas City, 2007
Ph.D. University of Missouri at Kansas City, 2013.

Michael Morales

Dr. 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.

Richard Sleezer

Dr. Richard Sleezer

Associate Professor and Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and SciencesGeomorphology, Soil Science, Climatology, Meteorology, Water Resources,GIS.

Phone: (620) 341-5278

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

Kenneth Thompson

Dr. Kenneth Thompson

Professor: General Earth Science, Physical Science, Teacher Education

Phone: (620) 341-5985




Dr. Susan W. Aber

Director, Science and Math Education Center. Mineralogy, Gemstones, U.S. Depository Map Librarian

Phone: 620-341-5977

B.S., University of Kansas, 1977.
Ph.D., Emporia State University, 2005.

Gemological Institute of America, California: Diamond Certificate, 1981; Colored Stones Certificate, 1986; Gemologist, 1987; Gold and Precious Metals Certificate, 1994.



Emeritus Faculty

Mr. 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.