Real research focuses on questions of interest and makes discoveries that are shared with others to build our understanding of Michigan dunes—piece by piece.

Each FYRES research project begins with curiosity and an interesting question, often from a dune manager or a previous study. Focused attention from a FYRES research mentor and a team of first-year students produces data and analysis. Every team discovers some new knowledge—big or small, planned or unexpected—and the discoveries are helping to build a more complete understanding of Michigan dunes and their activity.

Research results are shared with dune managers, scientists and anyone else who is interested through presentations and reports. Whether you are searching for information on a particular topic, generally interested in learning more about the dunes or curious about the type of research that you could do as a FYRES student, you are invited to view the results posted below or join us for our next set of presentations.

Curious about the FYRES research process?  Learn more:

  • Timeline of FYRES research activities through a complete project cycle.
  • Different ways that FYRES research results are communicated, from presentations to reports.
  • The FYRES project itself is a focus of research; learn about the research and results.
Quick Facts

FYRES Research Results

2016–2017

Project Topic Team Members Research Outcomes
Evaluation of planted vegetation on North Beach dune Jacques, Issac (Mentor)
McKinley Anderson, Amy Bristol, Janay Faulkner, Joshua Polanski
CEAP Poster; Conference Abstract; Conference Poster; FYRES Report Abstract; FYRES Report
Oak wilt and dune stability in North Ottawa Dunes King, Rebecca (Mentor)
Edward Lambert, Benjamin Steenwyk, Jaimie Van De Burg, Jonathan Walt, Elizabeth Wiley
CEAP Poster; Conference Abstract; FYRES Report Abstract; FYRES Report
Dune advance and slipface characteristics of Mt. Baldy in Hoffmaster State Park Lindemulder, Carolyn (Mentor)
Jamie Atkinson, Araceli Eikenberry, Liam Ferraby, Taylor Grasman, Taylor Hartman, Erick Westphal
CEAP Poster; Conference Abstract; FYRES Report Abstract; FYRES Report
Boardwalk's effects on a dune in Hoffmaster State Park Paquette, Alissa (Mentor)
Shira Davis, Mallory Hoatlin, Hannah Spaulding, Camille VanderVeen
CEAP Poster; Conference Abstract; Conference Poster; FYRES Report Abstract; FYRES Report
The influence of wrack on a foredune in Hoffmaster State Park Praamsma, Stephanie (Mentor)
Olivia den Dulk, Kyle Post, Hudson Siegers, Ben VanderWindt
CEAP Poster; Conference Abstract; FYRES Report Abstract; FYRES Report
Distribution of oak trees in North Ottawa Dunes Wierenga, Matt (Mentor)
Caleb Boraby, Cameron Doan, Tanner Huizenga, Hunter Pham
CEAP Poster; Conference Abstract; FYRES Report Abstract; FYRES Report

2015–2016

Project Topic Team Members Research Outcomes
Sand fences on dunes in Ottawa County Parks Etienne, Kaitlyn (Mentor)
Alejandra Crevier, Jack Davis, Stephanie Praamsma, Adrienne Tauscheck
CEAP Poster; Conference Abstract; Conference Poster; FYRES Report Abstract; FYRES Report
Assessment of a restored C. pitcheri population in Hoffmaster State Park Gerber, Katy (Mentor)
Christina Bohnet, Lauren Ebels, Madison Springer
CEAP Poster; Conference Abstract; Conference Poster; FYRES Report Abstract; FYRES Report
Interactions between blowouts in Hoffmaster State Park Grevengoed, Lincoln (Mentor)
Sarah DeGraaf, Hans Leisman, Megan McNamara, Sam Sukaria
CEAP Poster; Conference Abstract; Conference Poster; FYRES Report Abstract; FYRES Report
Habitat influences on C. pitcheri at Rosy Mound Natural Area Messina, Michael (Mentor)
Nathaniel Bos, Ellis Chalfant, DeAnna Clum, Carolyn Lindemulder
CEAP Poster; Conference Abstract; FYRES Report Abstract; FYRES Report
Variables affecting C. pitcheri on Mt. Baldy in Hoffmaster State Park Reynolds, Charlotte (Mentor)
Rachel Conover, Megumu Jansen, Nathan Mulder
CEAP Poster; Conference Abstract; Conference Poster; FYRES Report Abstract; FYRES Report
Physical accessibility and scenic experience on Ottawa County dunes Williams, Matthew (Mentor)
Anna Clousing, Samuel Latimer, Jennifer McClellan, Andrew Van De Walker
CEAP Poster; Conference Abstract; Conference Poster; FYRES Report Abstract; FYRES Report

2011–2015

Results will be added to this page soon.

Complete citation information is available in the Bibliography of FYRES Research Reports.  Recent reports are listed first.

# Author-Year Title Available PDFs
29 Praamsma et al. (2017) Wrack's Influence on the Foredunes of Lake Michigan Report Abstract; Full Report
28 Wierenga et al. (2017) Distribution of Oak Trees on North Ottawa Dunes Report Abstract; Full Report
27 Paquette et al. (2017) Investigating a Boardwalk's Effect on a Lake Michigan Coastal Dune Report Abstract; Full Report
26 King et al. (2017) Oak Wilt and Dune Stability in North Ottawa Dunes Report Abstract; Full Report
25 Jacques et al. (2017) Evaluation of Stability and Restoration of a Michigan Coastal Dune Report Abstract; Full Report
24 Lindemulder et al. (2017) Characteristics of a Partially-Vegetated Slipface as Indicators of Dune Advance Report Abstract; Full Report
23 Williams et al. (2016) The Relationship between Physical Accessibility and Scenic Experiences on West Michigan Coastal Dunes Report Abstract; Full Report
22 Grevengoed et al. (2016) Interactions Between Sequential Blowouts, Their Features, and Sand Transport Report Abstract; Full Report
21 Messina et al. (2016) Dune Habitat Influences Threatened Thistle: Cirsium Pitcheri at Rosy Mound Natural Area Report Abstract; Full Report
20 Etienne et al. (2016) Evaluating Sand Fence Placement, Purpose, and Efficacy on West Michigan Dunes Report Abstract; Full Report
19 Gerber et al. (2016) Environmental Assessment of a Cirsium pitcheri Restored Population on the Coast of Lake Michigan Report Abstract; Full Report
18 Reynolds et al. (2016) Investigation of Variables Affecting a Rare Plant Species, Cirsium pitcheri, on Mt. Baldy in P.J. Hoffmaster State Park Report Abstract; Full Report

Earlier reports will be made available on this list soon.

The following bibliographies of FYRES Research Results are available as pdfs: