Originally from Indiana, Dr. VanHorn grew up with a facination for maps. At an early age he became interested in cartography from the various road atlases and National Geographic Magazine thematic maps that he came across.
After completing a BA with a double major in geography and political science at indiana University, Professor VanHorn spent five years in ministry with Cru. He then went to Texas A&M, where he earned an MS in geography. In 2007, he received his PhD in geography from The Ohio State University.
Professor VanHorn joined the GEO department at Calvin College in 2007 and has been recongized for his contributions to the field of geography through publication, resaerch with undergraduate students, and international speaking engagements. His consulting work continues to grow to include work both domestically in the United States as well as abroad.
- Geographic thought and philosophy
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
- Remote sensing
- Geography of terrorism