KALAMAZOO—A geologist with more than 40 years of experience in mineral exploration, mineral development, environmental consulting, business operations and safety compliance has been appointed director of the Michigan Geological Survey at Western Michigan University.
Effective Oct. 2, John A. Yellich became head of the survey, which is housed in WMU's Department of Geosciences.
Yellich has worked in more than 30 states as well as conducted mineral assessments in Canada and Australia and both mineral and petroleum assessments in China. He also has worked extensively on the development of mineral exploration models and the testing, confirmation and successful validation of potential targets in Michigan, Minnesota and Canada.
As director, Yellich supervises the activities of the survey's various operational geological resource centers, which include: surface mapping, subsurface geology, energy, mineral resources, geologic hazards, research and education outreach, and water resources.
Other major duties include leading and collaborating with internal and external constituents on various research projects and serving as a liaison with local, state and national entities involved or interested in the survey's research, geologic repository and outreach initiatives. He will also develop new programs and funding initiatives for the survey, supervise its field work, and write research proposals and reports.