About

Dr. Blankespoor has been a faculty member of the Biology department since 1994. He teaches a wide variety of courses on campus (animal behavior, entomology, ecology, evolution) and has taken over 500 students to such biologically-fascinating places on earth like the Galapagos Islands, Amazon rainforest, Serengeti and Great Barrier Reef. He is the resident "bug man" of Calvin College. When the college gets a call from someone who wants to know about the weird ginormous insect that just landed on their screen window or about how to get rid of those annoyingly loud cicadas in their backyard, Curt is usually to person who can answer their questions.

Dr. Blankespoor also has an adjunct appointment at the University of Michigan, where he teaches General Ecology and the Biology of Animal Parasites in alternating summers at their biological field station on Douglas Lake near Pellston, MI.

Curt and his wife Carmen have four children who are involved in a variety of academic and athletic activities. Curt enjoys being a dad, shuttle driver for his kids, and a part-time soccer and volleyball coach. He is an avid and competitive board game player, with Settlers of Catan and Acquire being his current games of choice. He can also throw down any card game you can name (ask him sometime about his lifetime euchre record). Curt and his family are active members at Hillside CRC.

Education

  • B.S. Hope College, 1988  
  • Ph.D., Animal behavior/chemical ecology, Cornell University, 1994

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Academic Interests

Dr. Blankespoor's research interests are in the areas of Parasitology, Entomology, and Animal Behavior. Currently he is working on a project that examines the geographical distribution of the parasite that causes cercarial dermatitis (more commonly known as "Swimmer's Itch"). His work involves catching ducks and collecting snails, so in the spring and summer months you can often find him driving a small boat around one of the beautiful inland lakes of northern Michigan.

Dr. Blankespoor also dabbles in the scholarship of teaching. He uses problem-based learning and other student-centered activities in all the courses that he teaches.

Research

Examine the geographical distribution of the parasite that causes cercarial dermatitis (more commonly known as "Swimmer's Itch").