Since 1985, scientific research has been conducted at the Ecosytem Preserve, in both the Buiten Wildlife Sanctuary and the public area of the preserve. Research of various topics is conducted by Calvin professors and their students during Biology labs. It is also conducted by Calvin student employees under the direction of Dr. Randy Van Dragt, as they study the ecology of the preserve.
Calvin students interested in assisting with research should speak directly with Professor Van Dragt, and apply for employment as a Stewardship Intern or Summer Preserve Steward.
Research projects include:
- Michigan Native Plants
- A Geographic Information System (GIS) Database
- Eastern Box Turtle Study
- Small Mammals Survey
- Tree Census Study
- Trail Camera Study
- Archeological Survey
- Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Study
- Fossil Pollen Study