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) Wonders of the National Parks & How the Earth Works Set

    (Set) Wonders of the National Parks & How the Earth Works

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $774.90 Starting at $774.90 $904.90 $774.90$904.90
    Learn what the Earth is made of, where it came from, and, above all, how it works with this two-set course. Start with the geological history of our most spectacular sites in Wonders of the National Parks: A Geology of North America, and then witness the history of our planet unfold in spectacular detail in How the Earth Works.
  2. (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.
  3. (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...
  4. (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...
  5. (Set) The Science of Energy & How the Earth Works Set

    (Set) The Science of Energy & How the Earth Works

    Michael E. Wysession
    Starting at $674.90 Starting at $674.90 $789.90 $674.90$789.90
    We are altering the Earth's land, water, and air faster than any natural geologic process, and this two-course set reveals what we are doing and what the ramifications may be. Examine a wide portfolio of energy sources and how these sources work in The Science of Energy: Resources and Power Explained. Then, discover what the Earth is made of, where it came from, and above all, How the Earth Works.
  6. (Set) Polar Explorations & Oceanography Set on sale

    (Set) Polar Explorations & Oceanography

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $524.00 Starting at $79.90 $644.90 $79.90$644.90
    Dive into adventure with this set. First, in National Geographic's Polar Explorations, travel to a breathtaking place few people experience in person. Then, continue to explore hard to reach places with Oceanography: Exploring Earth's Final Wilderness.
  7. (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.
  8. (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.
  9. (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.
  10. (Set) Fundamentals of Photography II & National Geographic Polar Explorations Set

    (Set) Fundamentals of Photography II & National Geographic Polar Explorations

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Capturing the perfect shot out in the field is a creative challenge, especially in extreme conditions. Fundamentals of Photography II shows you how photographers solve these problems. National Geographic Polar Explorations takes you to the ends of the earth with action-packed lectures that include how to navigate the challenges of photographing wildlife, white-on-white landscapes, and more.
  11. (Set) Polar Explorations & The Art of Travel Photography Set

    (Set) Polar Explorations & The Art of Travel Photography

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $369.90 $329.90$369.90
    Prepare for an epic vacation with this set. First, in National Geographic's Polar Explorations, travel to a breathtaking place few people experience in person. Then, in The Art of Travel Photography, learn how to go beyond the postcard and capture all the sights.
  12. (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...
  13. (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...