Professor Michael E. Wysession, Ph.D.

Professor Michael E. Wysession
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Northwestern University
Earth is an amazing and wondrous planet. Learning more about it gives us new eyes that increases our ability to appreciate its beauty and complexity.
Dr. Michael E. Wysession is the Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. Professor Wysession earned his Sc.B. in Geophysics from Brown University and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University. An established leader in seismology and geophysical education, Professor Wysession is noted for his development of a new way to create three-dimensional images of Earth's interior from seismic waves. These images have provided scientists with insights into the makeup of Earth and its evolution throughout history. Professor Wysession is the coauthor of An Introduction to Seismology, Earthquakes, and Earth Structure; the lead author of Physical Science: Concepts in Action; and the primary writer for the texts Earth Science, Earth's Interior, Earth's Changing Surface, and Earth's Waters. Professor Wysession received a Science and Engineering Fellowship from the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, a National Science Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellowship, and fellowships from the Kemper and Lily Foundations. He has received the Innovation Award of the St. Louis Science Academy and the Distinguished Faculty Award of Washington University. In 2005, Professor Wysession had a Distinguished Lectureship with the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology and the Seismological Society of America. In 2014, Wysession received the inaugural Ambassador Award of the American Geophysical Union.
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"Professor Wysession's approach to teaching geology, as demonstrated in this course, is simply impressive. It kept me enthralled throughout."

 

"Profession Wysession is a superb presenter, clearly excited about and at home with his subject matter, and his briskly paced, clearly explained lectures are beautifully enhanced with appropriate visuals."

 

53 Courses and Sets

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53 Courses and Sets

  1. (Set) Earth at the Crossroads: Understanding the Ecology of a Changing Planet & How the Earth Works  Set

    (Set) Earth at the Crossroads: Understanding the Ecology of a Changing Planet & How the Earth Works

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $894.90 Starting at $894.90 $894.90 $894.90$894.90
    Understand the myriad ways our amazing planet works with these two science courses taught by expert science professors. Explore the rich interconnections that make up the great and fascinating web of life on our amazing planet with Earth at the Crossroads: Understanding the Ecology of a Changing Planet. Next, in How the Earth Works, journey through the fascinating processes involved in our planet's daily life and...
  2. (Set) World's Greatest Natural Wonders & Nature of Earth Set

    (Set) World's Greatest Natural Wonders & Nature of Earth

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $639.90 Starting at $639.90 $749.90 $639.90$749.90
  3. (Set) Discovering the Earth  Set

    (Set) Discovering the Earth

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,294.80 Starting at $1,294.80 $1,524.80 $1,294.80$1,524.80
  4. (Set) A New History of Life & How the Earth Works  Set

    (Set) A New History of Life & How the Earth Works

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $759.90 Starting at $759.90 $894.90 $759.90$894.90
    Explore the amazing story of the origin, extinctions, regenerations, and evolutions that gave rise to our present Earth and its boundless diversity in this lavishly illustrated course set that gives you a strong grasp on how our Earth and all its features came to be, from the big bang to the present. First, in A New History of Life, you'll gain the conceptual tools to understand such fundamental ideas as...
  5. (Set) Meteorology: An Introduction to the Wonders of the Weather & How the Earth Works Set

    (Set) Meteorology: An Introduction to the Wonders of the Weather & How the Earth Works

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $654.90 Starting at $654.90 $774.90 $654.90$774.90
  6. (Set) Wonders of the National Parks & The World's Greatest Geological Wonders Set

    (Set) Wonders of the National Parks & The World's Greatest Geological Wonders

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $654.90 Starting at $654.90 $759.90 $654.90$759.90
    Our amazing planet provides us with gorgeous and amazing sites, which also serve as living textbooks to teach us about the dynamic earth. This set of two courses, including Wonders of the National Parks: A Geology of North America and The World's Greatest Geological Wonders, gives you unprecedented views into hundreds of the world’s most wondrous locations, as well as the scientific context to understand how they...
  7. (Set) The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America & Polar Explorations Set

    (Set) The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America & Polar Explorations

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Discover parts of our world that you've probably never seen up close. Start by discovering North America's spectacular bird life with The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America. Then, embark on an educational adventure led by five noted authorities in National Geographic Polar Explorations.
  8. (Set) Polar Explorations & Great Tours: Greece and Turkey Set

    (Set) Polar Explorations & Great Tours: Greece and Turkey

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Be an armchair traveler with this set. First, in National Geographic's Polar Explorations, travel to a breathtaking place few people experience in person. Then, in Great Tours, see all the amazing sights and learn the fascinating history of Greece and Turkey.
  9. (Set) The Science of Extreme Weather & How the Earth Works Set

    (Set) The Science of Extreme Weather & How the Earth Works

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $674.90 Starting at $674.90 $789.90 $674.90$789.90
    Our world works in mysterious ways. You can solve many of those mysteries with this two-course set focused on the science behind the natural, often dramatic, occurrences of earth. Begin by learning to think like a meteorologist with The Science of Extreme Weather. Then, look at what went into making our planet-from the big bang, to the formation of the solar system, to the gradual evolution of the planet into what...
  10. (Set) Archaeology & Polar Explorations & Masters of Photography & The Art of Travel Photography Set

    (Set) Archaeology & Polar Explorations & Masters of Photography & The Art of Travel Photography

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $799.80 Starting at $799.80 $909.80 $799.80$909.80
    This four-course set includes Archaeology: An Introduction to the World's Greatest Sites, National Geographic Polar Explorations, National Geographic Masters of Photography, and The Art of Travel Photography: Six Expert Lessons.
  11. (Set) Greatest Geological Wonders & Origin and Evolution Set

    (Set) Greatest Geological Wonders & Origin and Evolution

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $759.90 Starting at $759.90 $894.90 $759.90$894.90
    Take a thrilling journey to see many of the Earth's most spectacular geological formations, and learn how minerals have played a central role in the planet's evolution in this exciting and intriguing course set. In Professor Michael E. Wysession's The World's Greatest Geological Wonders: 36 Spectacular Sights, explore more than 200 of Earth's natural wonders and, in the process, learn much about the geological...
  12. (Set) The Science of Energy & Thermodynamics Set

    (Set) The Science of Energy & Thermodynamics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Examine energy from all angles with this two-course set. Begin by considering a wide portfolio of energy sources, delving into how these sources work and the benefits and consequences of using them, in The Science of Energy: Resources and Power Explained. Then, understand the laws of thermodynamics—how energy moves, why it changes, and how matter is affected during these transformations—with Thermodynamics: Four...
  13. (SET) The Great Tours & The World’s Greatest Geological Wonders Set

    (SET) The Great Tours & The World’s Greatest Geological Wonders

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $554.90 Starting at $554.90 $644.90 $554.90$644.90
    Travel the world and experience the beauty and spectacle of nature right from your own living room. This two-course set pairs The Great Tours: African Safari with The World’s Greatest Geological Wonders: 36 Spectacular Sites. In the first course, take an exhilarating voyage alongside an experienced safari guide who will show you the amazing natural beauty of the African continent. And in the second, visit some of...
  14. (Set) Wonders of the National Parks & Polar Explorations Set on sale

    (Set) Wonders of the National Parks & Polar Explorations

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $521.00 Starting at $93.90 $654.90 $93.90$654.90
    From the tropics of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to the frozen tundras of the polar regions, this two-course set provides unmatched images and insights into amazing locations. Explore the geological history of our most beautiful and unique sites in Wonders of the National Parks, and then Polar Explorations introduces you to the nature and science of some of the most intriguing and alien places on the planet.
  15. (Set) Life in the World's Oceans & Polar Explorations Set

    (Set) Life in the World's Oceans & Polar Explorations

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $569.90 Starting at $569.90 $654.90 $569.90$654.90
    Get insight into unknown realms with this two-course set created in partnership with the Smithsonian. Better understand and appreciate the magnificence of underwater world with Life in the World's Oceans. Then, travel to the polar regions on an exquisite visual journey in Polar Explorations.
  16. (Set) Polar Explorations & Our Night Sky Set

    (Set) Polar Explorations & Our Night Sky

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $404.90 Starting at $404.90 $469.90 $404.90$469.90
    Go beyond stargazing with this set. First, in National Geographic's Polar Explorations, travel to a breathtaking place few people experience in person. Then, in Our Night Sky, get a comprehensive guide to the stars you see every night.
  17. (Set) The National Geographic Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography & National Geographic Polar Explorations Set

    (Set) The National Geographic Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography & National Geographic Polar Explorations

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    National Geographic is known for stunning photography in amazing locations, and this two-course set brings you some of the best of both. Start by gaining a deep understanding of how best to capture photographs in nature with The National Geographic Guide to Landscape and Wildlife Photography taught by two National Geographic experts. Then, feast your eyes on the astonishing and remote locations of the world with...
  18. (Set) Polar Explorations & The World’s Greatest Geological Wonders Set

    (Set) Polar Explorations & The World’s Greatest Geological Wonders

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $554.90 Starting at $554.90 $644.90 $554.90$644.90
    Go on an unrivalled adventure with this set. First, in National Geographic's Polar Explorations, travel to a breathtaking place few people experience in person. Then, in The World’s Greatest Geological Wonders, tour the most amazing sights around the globe.
  19. (Set) Archaeology & Polar Explorations & Fundamentals of Photography & Masters of Photography & Wonders of the National Parks Set

    (Set) Archaeology & Polar Explorations & Fundamentals of Photography & Masters of Photography & Wonders of the National Parks

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,274.75 Starting at $1,274.75 $1,464.75 $1,274.75$1,464.75
    This five-course set includes Archaeology: An Introduction to the World's Greatest Sites, National Geographic Polar Explorations, Fundamentals of Photography, National Geographic Masters of Photography, and Wonders of the National Parks: A Geology of North America.
  20. (Set) Understanding Cultural and Human Geography & How the Earth Works Set

    (Set) Understanding Cultural and Human Geography & How the Earth Works

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $674.90 Starting at $674.90 $789.90 $674.90$789.90
    Go on an astonishing journey through time and space with this set. In How the Earth Works, look at what went into making our planet—from the big bang, to the gradual evolution into today's Earth. Then, in Understanding Cultural and Human Geography, follow that process from the point of view of humans and the communities we created across the globe.