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David Koetje, Professor, Biology

David Koetje616-526-7047
dkoetje@calvin.edu
Office: DeVries Hall 105

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Education

  • B.S. in Biology, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI, 1985
  • Ph.D. in Plant Physiology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 1991
                                                

Professional Experience

  • Professor Biology Department, Calvin College, Sept 2008 - present 
  • Associate Professor Biology Department, Calvin College, Sept 1998 – Aug 2008
  • Assistant Professor Biology Department, SUNY Fredonia, Jan 1993 – Aug 1998
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate Department of Botany, Washington State University,Sept 1991 - Dec 1992
  • Graduate Research Assistant Department of Botany & Plant Pathology, Purdue University, Jan 1987 - Aug 1991
  • Instructor and Co-organizer International Rice Biotechnology Workshop, Purdue University, March 1990
  • Teaching Assistant  Department of Botany & Plant Pathology, Purdue University,Aug 1989 - Dec 1989
  • Research Technician Department of Botany & Plant Pathology, Purdue University,Aug 1985 - Dec 1986

Research and Professional Interests

  • scientific teaching pedagogies and active learning
  • urban farming / local foods
  • plant environmental stress responses
  • biotechnology
  • plant genetics
  • ecosustainability

Life Outside of Calvin College

Professor Koetje and his family enjoy a lifestyle that is well-suited to west Michigan: swimming, biking, and kayaking are favorite activities.  Even before local foods became popular, they practiced the art of “putting up” produce from area orchards and from their own extensive vegetable garden. 

See a partial list of Dr. Koetje's publications