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President Caboni visits the White Squirrel Weather Student Team

Bonnie McCallister (left), Dolly Na-Yemeh (center), and Rachel Kaiser (right) - 2017 Outstanding Students

Summer Storm Chasing Class with Dr. Josh Durkee

Geo-faculty assist with the Corvette Museum Sinkhole

Dr. Josh Durkee shot this quad-copter image from 350 ft. above WKU’s campus showing approaching fog on Sept. 9.

Isaac Bowers (left) and Kate Love (right) receive 2017 Outstanding Student Awards

Faculty at the 2017 Kentucky GEOBEE State finals

Dr. Royhan Gani Leads the IBA Team to Victory in Regional Competition.

Semester-at-Sea Students on the Iceland voyage

     About the Department and WKU

    Department Chair Fred Siewers

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Evidence and Argument is the "Scientific Method." Our programs are the starting place for all things Geoscience related. From here you can explore courses taught and research conducted by world-class faculty, learn more about the degrees and courses we offer, connect with our great staff, and discover how a geography/geology/meteorology/GIS degree from WKU will put you on the map. We are the most internationalized department at WKU! Click on scholarship information.
Department Mission and Vision Statement

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Featured Faculty Member for December: - KATIE ALGEO, Ph.D., is a cultural geographer who joined the faculty of Western Kentucky University in the fall of 2001 to teach a variety of human geography and GIS classes. Her research interests include tourism, rural development, agricultural geography (particularly recent change in the Burley Tobacco Belt), interfaces between folk and popular culture, the role that media places in the representation and formation of cultural identities, and Appalachian development. Her current project explores the historical geography of tourism to Mammoth Cave and looks both at economic development accompanying tourism and ways in which Mammoth Cave was "symbolically constructed" to appeal to tourists. She has served as treasurer of the Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers (SEDAAG), and her work has appeared in Journal of Geography, Southern Cultures, Southeastern Geographer, and Names. Before coming to WKU, Dr. Algeo taught at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where she enjoyed leading field trips to explore aspects of Wisconsin culture such as vernacular shrines and grottos, polka masses, concrete art, dairy barns, and ginseng farms. Dr. Algeo received the Henry H. Douglas Distinguished Service Award in October, 2017, at the International Society for Landscape, Place, and Material Culture annual conference held in Salt Lake City, UT. For more information about her teaching and research interests, contact Dr. Algeo via email at

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The Department of Geography and Geology at WKU offers excellent undergraduate and graduate educational opportunities and is a leader in relevant research and public service. Read about the Department's Study Abroad and international activities in the Alumni Magazine. Learn More...



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Department Events and News

      Weather Museum
      Cool Video, Logan Mitchell
      Dr Polk appears on the BBC
      Faculty/Student Articles
      MS Geoscience program
      Becoming a Meteorologist

      Scholarship Information
      Iceland Summer Program
      Stormchasers on View
      Keeling on Outlook
      Grad Student wins award
      Supercomputer research
      University Events

Department Event Calendar

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Department Mailing Address:

Environmental Science and Technology (EST)
Room 304
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Height Blvd. #31066
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1066, USA
Office: (270) 745-4555; Fax: (270) 745-6410

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