What We Do

Earth science is interdisciplinary, and the study of geology frequently employs tools, concepts, and theories from mathematics and the other natural sciences, including chemistry, biology, and physics. Geologists work to solve problems of local and global perspectives related to all Earth systems. The study of minerals, rocks, and fossils continues to be an essential and exciting component of a geologist's training.

Wichita State University is located in south central Kansas. We are located within a day's drive from numerous classic sedimentary, igneous, metamorphic, paleontologic, and structural locales in Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Nebraska. Field work is emphasized in the department, and undergraduate research is encouraged. Scholarships and graduate teaching assistantships are available for qualified students.

Areas of Expertise



Bill Bischoff

Research Area: Carbonate geochemistry

Hydrogeology and Environmental Geology


Collette Burke

Research Area: Center for Human Health and the Environment

Andrew Swindle

Research Area: hydrogeology and geochemistry. Contaminant transport.

Sedimentology, Stratigraphy and Petroleum Geology


Will Parcell

Research Area: Mixed carbonate - evaporite sediments, microbial sediments, stratigraphic computer modeling

Kevin Doyle

Research Area: Petroleum geology and geophysics

Paleontology and Paleoecology


Collette Burke

Research Area: Paleoecology and taphonomy of ostracods and foraminiferas

Will Parcell

Research Area: Development of microbial sediments in earth history