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Seminar schedule

Join the geology, geography and environmental studies department for special lectures and presentations on a variety of topics in the geosciences.

  • Select Fridays
  • Time: 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: North Hall 078
  • Refreshments provided


Fall 2014 seminars

Friday, September 26 - Ian Noyes, Brian Hilbrands and Audrey Hughey, Joel Betts
Summer Student Research

Friday, October 3 - Suzanne Schulz, Planning Director, City of Grand Rapids
"Building a Sustainable City"

Friday, October 10 - Pashon Murry, Detroit Dirt (Pending)

Friday, October 24 - Dr. Mike DeVivo, Geography Department, Grand Rapids Community College
"A Tale of Duplicity and Deception in American Geography"

Friday, November 14 - Dr. Deanna van Dijk, Calvin College

Friday, November 21 - Chris Christensen, Hydrogeologist, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Past seminars

Spring 2014 seminars

Tuesday, March 4 - Dr. Roger Wiens - SB110 @ 3:45PM
"Exploring Mars with the Curiosity Rover and its Laser" (Note this is a Tuesday seminar and expected time to be 3:45 in SB110)

Friday, March 7 - Mr. John Ebers
"West Michigan Bee Keeping: History, Perspectives, and Environmental Stewardship"

Friday, March 14 - Dr. Jason E. VanHorn, Natasha Strydhorst, Cassidy Richard, David Doud, Peter Cahill, Deanna Geelhoed, Katie Burkley, and Annaka Scheeres
"Bee Keeping @ Calvin College"

Friday, April 25 - Mr. Chris Maike
"Geological Observations"

Several other presentations are awaiting confirmation

Fall 2013 seminars

Friday, September 27- Jason VanHorn, Calvin College Geography Department
"All the Secrets of Graduate School You SHould Know: Prep, GRE's, Letters, and Funding"

Friday, October 4- Joel Boot, Christian Reformed Church of North America
"Egyptian Politics and Christians Living in a Muslim World"

Friday, October 8- Dr. Stanley Vitton, Michigan Technological university: Civil and Environmental Engineering and Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
"Glacial Geology of the Ontonagon River"

Friday, October 18 - Gabe LePage and Lucas Vander Bilt
"Thin Soil in South Gondar" (LePage), "Investigation of the Syndicate Park Subdivision Dune Area" (Vander Bilt)

Friday, October 25- Bill SooHoo and Chengbi Liu
"Mapping Plaster Creek and Application Construction"

Friday, November 1- Phil Gersmehl, Central Michigan University
"What neuroscience tells up about spatial thinking, GIS design, and geographic education"

Friday, November 8 - Dr. Gerry VanKooten, Calvin College Geology Department
"Drilling Black Gold in Alaska"

Spring 2013 seminars

Friday, February 8 - Brian Ferwerda, University of South Florida, Geology Department
"Spatial Analysis of Volcanology"

Friday, March 8 - Yirgalem Habtemariam, Calvin College, Geology, Geography, and Environmental Studies Department
"Manipulating the Rule”: Understanding Informal Urban Land Transaction in African Cities"

Monday, March 11 - Jane Stadler
"Landscape and the Western Genre in Australian Cinema" (Note: this seminar will be at 3:30pm in the Commons Alumni Board Room)

Tuesday, March 26 - Adam Koster
"Predicting Hazards in the Los Tuxtlas Volcanic Field, Veracruz, Mexico" (Note: this seminar will be at 3:30pm in North Hall 078)

Friday, April 5 - PJ Hill
"The Not-So-Wild, West West"

Friday, April 19 - FYRES Mentors
"Undergraduate Research Experiences - Dunes, Dunes, Dunes"

Friday, April 25 - FYRES Mentors
"Undergraduate Research Experiences - Dunes, Dunes, Dunes" (continued)

Friday, April 26 - Ryan Bebej
"Fossil Evidence for the Evolutionary History of Whales"

Fall 2012 seminars

Monday, December 10 - Dr. Mark Bjelland, Gustavus Adolphus College, Geography Department
"Sustainable for Whom?  Density, Family Life, and Commuting in the Geenest City in the World"

Friday, December 7- Dr. Kevin Romig, Texas State University Geography Department
"Place, Community and the Way"

Tuesday, December 4 - Dr. Amy Potter, Louisiana State University Geography Department
"Towards a Transnational Newspaper Perspective: Barbuda Voice 1969-1974"

Friday, September 21 - Summer Research Students
"Awesome Research - Awesome Opportunity"

Friday, October 5 - Brian Blankenspoor
"GIS at the World Bank"

Friday, November 2 - Abigail Belford, Calvin College Alumnus
"Urban and Regional Planning: Sprawl, Slums, and Scholarship at the Grad Level"

Friday, November 9 - Gerry Van Kooten, Calvin College Geology Department
"World's Best Mineral Samples of the Dice Museum"

Friday, November 16 - Clarence Menninga
"The Botjes Miniature Planetarium, Driven and Regulated by a Chauncey Jerome Clock"

Thursday, November 29 - FYRES Students
"Research Presentations on Dune Research for the Fall 2012 Semester"

Spring 2012 seminars

Friday, May 4 - Uko Zylstra, Calvin College Biology Department
"Summary on Issues in Global Hunger and Food Security"

Thursday & Friday, April 19-20 - Martin Price, former CEO of ECHO
Earth Day presentations and/or meetings with students

Friday, April 13 - Tom Post, CRWRC
"Restoring Soil Fertility through the Use of Legume Cover Crops and Legume Trees" (This seminar will include case studies in sub-Saharan Africa and agroforestry.)

Friday, March 30 - Jenny Cairns, Calvin College Graduate (Completing M.S.@ Michigan State University)
"Food Security and Poverty Reduction in Africa: Small Farmers, Traditional Markets, and Food Crops."

Friday, March 9 - John Tiemstra, Calvin College Economics Department
"Examining the Locavores' Case "

Friday, February 17 - Jamie Skillen, Calvin College GEO Department
"The New U.S. Farm Bill"

Fall 2011 seminars

Friday, December 2 - Grace Miller, Indiana Wesleyan University Biology Department
"Life in the Soil: Conservation Farming with Green Manure and Cover Crops"

Friday, November 18th - Sheila Blackman, Grand Valley State University
"Rebuilding Agricultural Systems after the Demise of Industrial Monoculture: The Role of Seed Banks"

Tuesday, November 8 - Mitch Tuinstra, Purdue University Agronomist (Calvin Graduate)
"Challenge of Cereal Crop Improvement and Deployment in Africa"

Friday, October 28th - Dave Koetje, Calvin Biology Department
"What Do Transitions From Industrial Agriculture to Sustainable Food Systems Look Like?"

Tuesday, October 18th - Henk Aay, Calvin GEO Department
"Cultural Diplomacy via Film: Dutch Documentary Films Shown in the USA 1942 - 1974"

Tuesday, October 11th - Dave Dornbos, Calvin Biology Department
"Appropriateness of Sustainable Agriculture in Developing Countries"

Tuesday, October 4th - Uko Zylstra, Calvin Biology Department
"Sustainable Agriculture, Developing Countries, and Micah 6:8: Does Cambodia Need Our Food System or Do We Need Theirs?"