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Outside the Classroom: Student Research Outcomes

Research students present and publish

We encourage student researchers to present at professional conferences and participate as co-authors of journal articles whenever opportunities arise. Listed below are upcoming presentations as well as recent publications and presentations by GEO students (*indicates undergraduate student).

Upcoming presentations

  • Ferwerda*, B. and D. van Dijk (2010). “Determining human impacts and management presence in Lake Michigan coastal dunes.” Annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers. Washington, DC, 14-18 April 2010; poster.

Recent publications

  • Bascom, J. and L. VanderNeut* (2008). "Banking on community: Indigenous credit associations in Eritrea." African Geographical Review 27: 17-33.
  • van Dijk, D. and D.R. Vink* (2005).  “Visiting a Great Lakes Sand Dune:  The Example of Mt. Pisgah in Holland, Michigan.”  The Great Lakes Geographer 12(2): 45-63.

Recent presentations

  • Ferwerda*, B. (2010).  “Determining human impacts and management presence in Lake Michigan coastal dunes.”  Annual Meeting of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters, Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI), 26 March 2010.
  • Kenbeek*, S.D., J.E. Louwsma* and D. van Dijk (2010). "Investigating the geomorphic effects of development in Lake Michigan dunes." Annual Meeting of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters, Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI), 26 March 2010.
  • Beauchamp*, J., F. Van Baak* and D. van Dijk (2009). “Creating a Dune Features Inventory (DFI) for Michigan coastal dunes.” Annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers. Las Vegas, NV, 22-27 March 2009; poster
  • Jonker*, S. and J. VanHorn (2009).  “Mapping the Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve in Grand Rapids, Michigan.”  Annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers. Las Vegas, NV, 22-27 March 2009; poster.
  • Mosurinjohn*, N. (2009).  “Policing against terrorism rifle sniper attacks with 3D geospatial solutions.” Annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers. Las Vegas, NV, 22-27 March 2009; poster.
  • Young*, D. (2009).  “A student perspective on undergraduate research.”  Annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers. Las Vegas, NV, 22-27 March 2009; illustrated paper.
  • Koning*, L. (2008).  “The effect of glacial river Warren on boulders and bedrock in the Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge, western Minnesota:  Assessment of the evidence of catastrophic flow.” The 42nd Annual Meeting of the North-Central Section of the Geological Society of America, University of Southern Indiana (Evansville, IN), 24-25 April 2008.
  • Pettinga*, L.A. and D. van Dijk (2008).  “Contemporary geomorphology of a large parabolic dune on the east shore of Lake Michigan, USA.”  Annual meeting of the Geological Society of America, Houston, TX, 5-9 October 2008; poster.
  • Schmitkons*, J. P., B. Geurink*, J.E. VanHorn and D. van Dijk (2008).  “Using a geographic information system to map patterns of change in a Lake Michigan coastal dune system.”  Annual Meeting of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters, Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI), 7 March 2008.
  • Kingma*, M. and D. van Dijk (2007).  “A study of North Ottawa Dunes, Ottawa County, Michigan.”  Annual Meeting of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters, Ferris State University (Big Rapids, MI), 9 March 2007.
  • Koster*, D. and D. van Dijk (2007).  “Evolution of a coastal dune blowout in Hoffmaster State Park, Michigan.”  Annual Meeting of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters, Ferris State University (Big Rapids, MI), 9 March 2007.
  • Vink*, D.R. and D. van Dijk (2006).  “Wind or human activity? Changes to a Michigan landmark dune.”  Annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers. Chicago, IL, 10 March 2006.
  • Campbell*, M.C. and D. van Dijk (2005).  “Communicating to the general public the results of a study of contemporary Lake Michigan coastal dune activity.”  Annual meeting of the Geological Society of America, Salt Lake City, UT, 16-19 October 2005.
  • Jamieson*, K.E., J.W. Zirkle* and D. van Dijk (2005).  “A study of the active parabolic dune in North Beach Park, Ottawa County, Michigan.”  Annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Denver, CO, 6 April 2005; poster.
  • Bebej*, R. and R.F. Stearley (2005). "Deformation in the spine of the Ada Bible Church mastodon." Annual Meeting of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters, East Michigan University (Ypsilanti, MI), 4 March 2005.
  • Jamieson*, K.E., J.W. Zirkle* and D. van Dijk (2005). "Developing management strategies for North Beach Park's active parabolic dune, Ottawa County, Michigan." Annual Meeting of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters, East Michigan University (Ypsilanti, MI), 4 March 2005.