Michael McGlue

Michael McGlue

michael mcglue

Michael McGlue

Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences

111 Slone Research Building

Last Revised: Nov 15th, 2022

Professional Biography

My group conducts research in paleolimnology and the impacts of environmental change on aquatic ecosystems. We conduct field- and laboratory studies on the sediments and fossils of large lakes and wetlands, in order to answer questions related to climate change, fisheries conservation, human-landscape interactions, water, and natural resources. Our toolkit is diverse and integrates techniques in stratigraphy, geochemistry, geophysics, and paleoecology. Current areas of interest include the East African Rift Valley (Tanzania, Zambia), the Pantanal wetlands (Brazil), the lower Amazon River (Brazil), the eastern Sierra Nevada (CA), the Grand Teton (WY) and the Iowa Great Lakes.


B.S., Washington and Lee University
M.S., Syracuse University
Ph.D., University of Arizona

Course Instruction

A&S 100, Sect 201 : On the Rocks - The Geology of Beer, Wine and Spirit Alcohol (3)
Course Description: An introductory earth systems science course that provides a high-level overview of the environmental and geological factors that influence the production of beer, wine, and spirit alcohol. No prerequisites apart from an interest in the natural world and a passion for more knowledge on the science of alcoholic beverages is required. The course is broken into five sections: (1) science basics, including the details of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, biosphere, and geosphere (2) geology of beer, (3) geology of wine, (4) geology of distilled spirits, (5) environmental history, and (6) bourbon in the Bluegrass. The focus of sections 2, 3 and 4 are a series of lectures that follows a case study approach. “Famous” bottles of beer, wine, and spirits will be used to contextualize the critical zone of regions across the globe that have become renowned for the production of alcoholic beverages. In section 5, we will explore how critical events in environmental history (climate change, wildfires, earthquakes) have influenced these areas. In module 6, the course will emphasize the unique convergence of environmental and geological conditions in central Kentucky that has allowed the bourbon tradition to flourish

Contact Information

309 Plant Science Building Lexington, KY 40546

+1 (859) 257-8654