- B.S. in Biology, Calvin College, 1969
- M.S. in Wildlife Science, Cornell University, 1971
- Ph.D., University of Rhode Island, 1985
Professor Van Dragt is an ecologist with interests in ecosystem management and restoration. He has designed and supervised construction of several nature preserves and for more than twenty years has directed the Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve, a 100-acre woodland and wetland preserve on the Calvin campus. For nearly two decades he has also taught restoration ecology at the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies. He is currently directing the restoration of a native prairie in Central Whidbey Island, Washington.
- BIOL-250 - Research Design & Methodology
- BIOL-344 - Vertebrate Biology
- BIOL-344L - Vertebrate Biology Lab
- BIOL-395 - Perspectives in Biology
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Research and Professional Interests
Dr. Van Dragt's research topics are Pacific lowland prairie restoration, plant succession on abandoned oil well sites in northern Michigan, and forest succession of the Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve. They are funded by Au Sable Institute, The Nature Conservancy, and Calvin College.
Presentations with undergraduate co-authors
- Noah Jansen , Randall G. Van Dragt and David Warners, Creation care in horticulture: naturalizing the college campus, American Scientific Affiliation 56 th Annual Meeting, 2001.
- Rachel Veltman , and Randall Van Dragt, Succession in a “mature” West Michigan woodlot, Michigan Academician 30, 1999.