Fall 2019 Geosciences Newsletter Online!


October 15, 2019 - The Geosciences Department annual newsletter can be viewed by clicking on the image below:Image of fall 2019 department newletter cover page

Fall Preview Day 2018

Fall preview day 2018 booth

UWG Scholars Day 2018

April 3, 2018 - The Geosciences Department was represented by a contingent of undergraduate researchers at the 2018 UWG Scholars Day event.  The images below show a sampling of the research presented by our students.

Two geology students and their poster presentationThree Geography students and their poster presentationthree geography students and their poster presentationA geology student and her poster presentationA geography student and his poster presentation


Geosci Drone Workshop at UWG

October 2, 2017 - Have you ever wondered how to rectify drone images so that you may measure length, area or volume accurately?  Have you thought about using drone photos in geographic information systems (GIS)? If so, then this workshop is for you!

Date: October 28, 2017 (Saturday)
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Callaway Building GIS Lab (Room 156)
     GCP Preparation with GPS
     Flight Demo
     Post Processing
     DSM Creation
     Orthophoto Creation
     Measurement in ArcGIS

Registration:  Registration is free of charge but seats are limited. Please visit this page to register.

For more information, please visit this page

Drone Surveying

September 27, 2017 - Dr. Seong demonstrates surveying with a drone - DJI Phantom 4 - to students. Students learn how to operate a drone, how to capture aerial images, and how to rectify the images for later GIS mapping. Dr. Seong, furthermore, plans to host a 3-hour drone workshop on October 28, 2017.

Dr Seong demonstrates drone setup to his students

World Geography Class Landmark Survey

September 19, 2017 - Students from Cheryl Nye’s World Geography class survey the campus in search of real world examples of landmarks, paths, edges, nodes, and districts. Based on the work of geographer Kevin Lynch, this exercise helps students understand cognitive and mental maps as ways to understand the cultural and built environment. 

Students identifying campus landmarks - 1Students identifying campus landmarks - 2Students identifying campus landmarks - 3

UWG Geography Professor Travels to Greenland

September 12, 2017 - The Department of Geosciences' Hannes Gerhardt, an Associate Professor of Geography, traveled to Greenland this fall (2017) to participate in a research workshop focused on the politics of sustainability in the Arctic. The workshop consisted of an assortment of international scholars engaged in looking at the question of sustainability in the Arctic from a variety of angles. Together they plan to assemble their work into an edited book to be published in 2019. All expenses for the workshop were paid for by a generous grant from the Danish VELUX Foundation. Gerhardt's work in this endeavor focuses on the occupation of oil rigs by Greenpeace in Russian, Norwegian, and Greenlandic waters. A main point of interest in this focus are the different ways these governments responded to the high profile environmental interventions undertaken by Greenpeace. The study aims to get a better understanding of how "sustainability" is understood by different actors in the Arctic, and how various national interests are quickly prioritized when competing with sustainability concerns. More broadly this research will help in understanding how governments think and to what degree sustainability is part of that thinking. In reporting back about his impressions of Greenland, Gerhardt responded, "It's a magical place, inhabited by an incredibly resilient people. The food was also an experience: lots of fish, some local lamb, and then the more exotic fare: smoked reindeer heart, muskox, minke whale, and seal.

Dr. Gerhardt in front of an iceberg in GreenlandDr Hannes Gerhardt in front of an iceberg in the Nuup Kangerlua fjord system.

UWG Geosciences Career Night 

April 7, 2017 - Geosciences’ annual Career Night was well-attended this year, with 10 professionals in the field meeting and networking with a large group of UWG undergrads.

Career night  1 - students networking with professionalCareer night 3 - students networking with professionalHeather Alley receiving the AIPG Student Scholarship for UWG from Ron WallaceHeather Alley receiving the AIPG Student Scholarship for UWG from Ron Wallace of GA DNR.  She received a plaque and $500. 

UWG students and Faculty present research and explore the Smithsonian

March 31, 2017 - University of West Georgia Geosciences had a strong showing at the Southeastern meeting of the Geological Society of America in Richmond, VA. Students from UWG presented diverse research including the reconstructing the history of Georgia’s Barrier Islands, assessing risk along coastlines, understanding the formation of rock towns, and characterizing the sedimentology of an archeological site. In addition, UWG faculty spoke about the importance of licensure in geology careers and a description of a new fossil assemblage from Sardinia, Italy.

Preceding the meeting students and faculty visited the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC.  After exploring the exhibits, UWG students and faculty toured the collections in the back scenes of the museum.  The group from UWG toured the paleobiology and Rock and Ores collections and learned about the construction of museum displays, specimen management, the work conducted at the national museum. Students also examined spectacular geologic material not often seen by the public including impressions of dinosaur skin, preserved mammoth muscle tissue, Burgess Shale fossils, rocks made from lightning strikes, and rocks from deep in the earth’s mantle.

UWG students & faculty pose with dinosaur skeletonPartial skeleton of the duck- billed dinosaur Corythosaurus with preserved skin impressions.  Pictured: Brad Deline, Sydney O’Brien, Sean Patterson, Tim Chowns, Matt Dietel, and Joe Crouch.

50-million year old palm fossil with student for scale

Fifty million year old Palm fossil from the Green River Formation. UWG Student Joe Crouch for scale. 

Prof. Chowns examining copper boulderProfessor Tim Chowns contemplating the Ontonagon Boulder, which is a two ton boulder of native copper.  The boulder is both a fascinating geological specimen as well as a spiritual object for the Native Americans of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.


STEAM Night at Bowdon Middle School

January 23, 2017 - UWG Geosciences majors Heather Alley, Zach Lawson, Colton Wheeler, and Nicholas Smith went to Bowdon Middle School to participate in this winter's STEAM Night, coordinating several activities, including sieving for rocks & minerals, building a sail car powered by wind energy (racing them in a best design competition), and explanations of rocks, minerals, and fossils brought for demonstration.  In the picture below, Nick Smith discusses a large fossil whale vertabra on display. 



UWG participates in Georgia Geological Society Fall 2016 Field Trip

November 12, 2016 - UWG faculty and students were strongly represented on the annual GGS field trip to Jekyll Island on the Georgia coast this year.  Climate change, sea level rise, and the effect of both on coastal erosion and sedimentation processes were observed and discussed as part of the trip, and a Saturday afternoon excursion to an open-pit heavy mineral mine was held.  Geosciences professor Dr. Karen Tefend and Geosciences alumni Taylor West, Daniel Etelman, and Brandy Bennett share a happy moment in the image below. 

UWG participants in GGS trip to Southern Ionics mine

 Earth Observation Day 2016 at UWG

November 16, 2016 - UWG celebrated 2016 EOD all day, energizing many students. Interested undergraduates did the activities listed in the following link.

EOD poster presentation 1EOD poster presentation 2EOD Geosciences participants

Drone Demonstration at Callaway Building

September 29, 2016 - A Geosciences Department visiting scholar from South Korea, Mr. Kwanhun Roh, demonstrated taking a drone video using DJI Phantom 2+ on September 29, 2016. The lens distortion caused by the wide-angle camera was corrected in Photoshop and the final video is available on YouTube. The video shows a 360-degree look from the Callaway building.

 setting up drone before flight


Richard H. Jahns Lecturer at UWG

October 13, 2016 - Jerry DeGraff, Adjunct Professor at California State University Fresno and this year’s American Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists R.H. Jahns Distinguished Lecturer, presented a talk to the UWG Geosciences Department titled “Dealing with hazardous mine openings – blasting is not always a good option,” on October 13.

Jerry Degraff, Jahns Lecturer at talk

Geosciences River Cleanup near Campus

October 1, 2016 - The Geosciences Department partnered with the Upper Tallapoosa Watershed Group and Rivers Alive to host a river cleanup on the Little Tallapoosa River.  Twenty-nine volunteers cleaned up 43 bags of trash from the river near the UWG campus.

River cleanup volunteers with their haulGeosciences Students attend National Conference

September 30, 2016 - Geosciences students Nick Smith and Chandler Hosey along with Geosciences faculty Brad Deline, Chris Berg and Tim Chowns presented research results at the Geological Society of America meeting in Denver, Colorado this week.

Nick Smith at GSA Conference in Denver

UWG Geology major Nick Smith presents his research poster at the Geological Society of America meeting in Denver, Colorado. 


UWG Geosciences Department donates over 400 pounds of rocks, minerals, and fossils to local teachers

rock donation


Amanda York (UWG Geology alumni) is shown above with Randa Harris receiving samples donated for her classroom by the Geosciences Department.  York is the STEM lab and science lab educator for Bremen Academy.  Samples have also been donated to many other local teachers.





Asbog Moves To UWG!


The National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG®) recently moved its headquarters from Columbia, SC, to the University of West Georgia, Department of Geosciences.  Dr. Randal Kath (UWG Geosciences Department) is currently president of ASBOG®.
ASBOG® serves as a connective link among the individual state geologic registration licensing boards for the planning and preparation of uniform procedures and the coordination of geologic protective measures for the general public.  One of ASBOG®'s principal services is to develop standardized written examinations for determining qualifications of applicants seeking licensure as professional geologists. State boards of licensure/registration are provided with uniform examinations that are valid measures of minimum competency related to the practice of the profession.  Thirty states (including Georgia) currently follow ASBOG® standards and require the ASBOG® exam as a condition of professional licensure. A growing number of Geology programs (including the University of West Georgia) also use the ASBOG®  Fundamentals of Geology Exam as an exit exam for program assessment purposes.  For more information please visit ASBOG®’s web site at

Dr. Rose In AMS Twitter Feed 


Dr. Rose is a part of the American Meteorological Society’s (AMS) Climate Studies Diversity Cohort which is focused on increasing STEM participation among underserved students in the geosciences. Recently she was featured in the AMS Education’s twitter feed for her participation at the AMS 2015 annual meeting in Phoenix, AZ.





Last year the Department of Geosciences awarded $11,200 to students majoring in Geography, Geology, Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, and Global Studies.