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
Spring 2016 seminars
Fall 2015 seminars
Friday, September 11 - Dr. Ralph Stearley, Calvin College
" The History of Salmons, Trout, Char in Western Norht America During the Past 20 Million Years"
*Bonus talk given outside the department at 1:30 in Science Building 010
Friday, September 25 -
Mr. Tony Burrell
"Welcoming the Stranger: The In's and Out's of a Non-Profit Startup to Immigrant Populations in Chicagoland"
Friday, October 2 - Dr Mark Bjelland, Calvin College
"The Journey-to-Worship: Insights into the Geographies of Church Life"
Friday, October 9 - Ms. Kathryn Gerber
"Insights from a GEO-related Summer Internship: Research Experiences, Timeline, and More!"
Friday, October 16 - Dr. Jason VanHorn, Calvin College
"Getting into Graduate School in the GeoSciences"
Friday, October 23 - Annaka Scheers, Charlotte Reynolds, Janaya Crevier, Matthew Raybaud
"The Plaster Creek Story, Sports Geography, Dutch Atlas Creation"
Friday, October 30- Dr. Joel Westra
Topic: Global Security.
Friday, November 6- Dr. William Payne
"Water in Developing Countries"
Friday, November 13- Dr. Kevin den Dulk
Topic: Persecuted Church
Friday, November 20- Mr. Stu Dykstra
"Geological Pursuits of Water in Haiti"
Thursday, December 10- Various Students
"FYRES Research Fall 2015"
Spring 2015 seminars
Friday, February 6 - Dr. Ralph Stearley, Calvin College
"The Rise of Deluge Geology: Calvin Tossed By Waves"
*Science Building 010
Thursday, February 12 - Jonathan Schmitkons, Ph.D. Candidate at SUNY-Binghamton
"The Deposition, Transport, and Fate of Traffic Derived Pollutants in an Urban Corridor"
Thursday, February 19 - Dr. C. Renee Sparks, Northwest Missouri State University
"Field Geology of the British Isles: Research and Development of Field Exercises in Scotland"
Thursday, February 26 - TBD
Thursday, March 5 - Dr. Cheryl Verbree, Calvin College
"Between a Rock and a Soft Place: How Hard Rock Geology Matters to Related Disciplines and International Development"
Thursday, March 12 - FYRES Mentors
"The Latest Dune Research"
Friday, March 27 - Vashan Wright, Ph.D. Candidate at Southern Methodist University
"Assessing Geohazards Near Kingston, Jamaica: Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Slope Failure and Liquefaction Events"
Friday, April 17 - Chip Richards, Grand Rapids Whitewater
Friday, May 8 - Brianna Marshall, Jason Van Horn
Student Thesis Project
"The Dunes Inventory Mapping Program"
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 - Dave Koetje, Sunshine Cahill, Janaya Crevier, Sarah Hofman, Katy Gerber
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
"Why do Michigan Dunes Change?"
Friday, November 21 - Chris Christensen, Hydrogeologist, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
"Applied Environmental Geology from a DEQ Regulator's Perspective -- Case Studies and Q/A"
Thursday, December 4 - FYRES Student Research Presentations
*This seminar will start at 2:00PM, not our normal 3:30 PM
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
Several other presentations are awaiting confirmation
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"
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"
For information on seminars prior to Spring of 2013, contact Cheryl Hoogewind at firstname.lastname@example.org.