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Dave Warners, Professor, Biology

Dave Warners616-526-6820
Office: DeVries Hall 125

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B.S. in Biology/Chemistry, Calvin College, 1985
M.S. in Environmental Science - Land Resources, Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1989
Ph.D. in Botany, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology program, University of Michigan, 1997

Professional Experience

Professor Warners has served as an environmental consultant on Environmental Impact Statements, and has performed many botanical inventories for local townships, state parks and other organizations. He have helped several local schools and parks establish native wildflower gardens and led plant rescue efforts to preserve native species from areas that are planned for development. In addition, he has worked as a botanist for the Ann Arbor Parks department and volunteered with the Nature Conservancy and the Land Conservancy of West Michigan.

Research and Professional Interests

Prof. Warners works in the areas of Restoration Ecology, Plant Systematics and Evolution, Conservation Biology and Creation Care. His current research in Restoration Ecology focusses on how to create areas of native Michigan forest in sites that were previously lawn or degraded old fields. He has also done work in prairie and wetland restoration. His research in systematics and evolution has included studies on a naturally occurring Aster hybrid (Aster cordifolius x Aster saggitifolius) in West Michigan and a naturally occurring Poplar hybrid (Populus deltoides x Populus balsamifera) at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Wilderness State Park. Most recently, he has been helping to lead a local watershed group, the Plaster Creek Stewards, to improve the health of a seriously degraded stream whose watershed includes much of Calvin’s campus.  As part of this effort he has helped start a native landscaping and habitat establishment initiative called ‘Native Landscapes’, which focuses on promoting native biodiversity within urban areas, particularly sites within the Plaster Creek watershed.  This ‘restoration ecology’ work is an outgrowth of an abiding interest and challenge in trying to incorporate creation care principles into all aspects of our daily lives (as individuals, communities and institutions). Finally, he has also done research and has an continued interest in cloud forest restoration in Costa Rica.

Life Outside of Calvin

Dave’s life outside of Calvin is filled with family activities. He and his wife Teri have three children who are involved in a variety of musical, artistic and athletic activities. They all enjoy camping together in the summers, gardening, bicycling, cooking, reading, and in general working together to try to lead lives that are consistent with their faith. Dave teaches 5th grade Sunday School and leads small group studies at his home church, Sherman Street CRC.

See a partial list of Prof. Warners' publications