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Randall Van Dragt, Professor, Biology

Randall Van Dragt616-526-6497
Office: DeVries Hall 113

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B.S. in Biology, Calvin College, 1969
M.S. in Wildlife Science, Cornell University, 1971
Ph.D., University of Rhode Island, 1985

Professional Experience

Professor Van Dragt is an ecologist with interests in ecosystem management and restoration. He has designed and supervised construction of several nature preserves and for more than twenty years has directed the Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve, a 100-acre woodland and wetland preserve on the Calvin campus. For nearly two decades he has also taught restoration ecology at the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies. He is currently directing the restoration of a native prairie in Central Whidbey Island, Washington.

Research and Professional Interests

Dr. Van Dragt's research topics are Pacific lowland prairie restoration, plant succession on abandoned oil well sites in northern Michigan, and forest succession of the Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve. They are funded by Au Sable Institute, The Nature Conservancy, and Calvin College.


Life Outside of Calvin College

See a partial list of Professor Van Dragt's publications