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Join the geology, geography and environmental studies department for special lectures and presentations on a variety of topics related to our disciplines.

  • Select Fridays (or other dates as announced)
  • 3:30 PM–4:30 PM
  • Join us on Zoom - links provided with seminar information.

Upcoming Seminar

Friday, March 5, 3:30pm - Dune History and Activity

Ms. Jillian Herlinger (geology major), Mr. Peter Duimstra (geography major), and Ms. Grace Prom (environmental studies major)
Department of Geology, Geography and Environmental Studies, Calvin University

Summary: This seminar previews three conference presentations that investigate dune history and contemporary activity. Herlinger will talk about using ground-penetrating radar to investigate the geomorphic history of Tunnel Park in southwestern Michigan. Duimstra will describe using ground-penetrating radar to investigate sedimentary archives of dunes at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park. Prom focuses on evaluating new plantings’ effectiveness for management on dunes where human disturbance continues.

Join us on Zoom:
https://zoom.us/j/95668021279?pwd=NWxYV3hjOStOY0k1MHh5VTdGSE9XQT09

For more information, see our flier. To share information, use our poster.

All Spring 2021 Seminars

Friday, February 26, 3:30pm - Mid-Ocean Ridge Tectonics

Dr. C. Renee Sparks (geologist), Simon Detmer (geology major), and Adam Tjoelker (mechanical engineering major)
Department of Geology, Geography and Environmental Studies, Calvin University

Summary: Mid-oceanic ridge system are mountain chains that characterize crustal boundaries between diverging tectonic plates. Using global imagery sets, the morphology of these ridge systems and their relationship to the change in earth’s gravity latitudinally are examined to propose an additional component of magma generation below diverging systems. 

Join us on Zoom:
https://zoom.us/j/95219274552?pwd=WWdnUEhEV3BySlNNdCtzUWZESENQUT09

For more information, see our flier. To share information, use our poster.

Friday, March 5, 3:30pm - Dune History and Activity

Ms. Jillian Herlinger (geology major), Mr. Peter Duimstra (geography major), and Ms. Grace Prom (environmental studies major)
Department of Geology, Geography and Environmental Studies, Calvin University

Summary: This seminar previews three conference presentations that investigate dune history and contemporary activity. Herlinger will talk about using ground-penetrating radar to investigate the geomorphic history of Tunnel Park in southwestern Michigan. Duimstra will describe using ground-penetrating radar to investigate sedimentary archives of dunes at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park. Prom focuses on evaluating new plantings’ effectiveness for management on dunes where human disturbance continues.

Join us on Zoom:
https://zoom.us/j/95668021279?pwd=NWxYV3hjOStOY0k1MHh5VTdGSE9XQT09

For more information, see our flier. To share information, use our poster.

Friday, March 19, 3:30pm - Development Hydrogeology: Creating Clean Water Supplies for Resource-Scarce Regions (A Case Study)

Mr. Stuart Dykstra
Hydrogeologist and Director of the Clean Water Institute at Calvin University

More information and the Zoom link will be posted here closer to the seminar date.

Friday, March 26, 3:30pm - Serving with Peace Corps Philippines in the Coastal Resource Management Sector

Ms. Kaitlyn Etienne
Regulatory Analyst at Stepan Company (and Calvin Environmental Studies graduate)

More information and the Zoom link will be posted here closer to the seminar date.

Friday, April 2, 3:30pm - Hydrogeology Issues on Tropical Islands

Dr. Melinda Higley
Geologist, Department of Geology, Geography and Environmental Studies, Calvin University

More information and the Zoom link will be posted here closer to the seminar date.

Friday, April 16, 3:30pm - Post-Industrial Spaces

Dr. Mark Bjelland
Geographer, Department of Geology, Geography and Environmental Studies, Calvin University

More information and the Zoom link will be posted here closer to the seminar date.

Friday, April 30, 3:30pm - Conservation Photography
Seminar co-sponsored with the Calvin University Ecosystem Preserve and Native Gardens

Dr. Steven Johnson
Conservation Photographer and Professor of Visual and Communication Arts, Eastern Mennonite University (Virginia)

More information and the Zoom link will be posted here closer to the seminar date.

Past Seminars

  • Spring 2015
    • 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
      "Community Gardens"
    • 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
  • Fall 2015

    • 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 2016
    • Friday, February 19 - Ms. Emma H Devries, Duke University
      "Climate Ethics as if #BlackLivesMatter: Mapping Race, Place, and Spatial Justice in Environmental Theology"
    • Friday, February 26 - Dr. Andy McCoy, Hope College
      "Why Geographers Should Study Worship Music"
    • THURSDAY, April 14 - Dr. James Clark, Wheaton College
      "Inexpensive geophysical instruments for water exploration in developing nations"
    • Friday, April 22 - Dr. Randy Van Dragt & Ms. Jeanette Henderson
      "30 Years of the Ecosystem Preserve at Calvin College"
      *Given in Bunker Interpretive Center*
    • Friday, May 6 - Ms. Alissa Paquette & Ms. Alicia DeJong, Calvin College
      "Title Pending" Theme - Student Research
  • Spring 2017
    • Friday, February 10 - Ms. Stephanie Bradshaw (Calvin College); Mr. Daniel Blakemore & Nathaniel Bos (Calvin College)
      Student Research Presentations: "Land Maintenance: Volunteer vs. Paid Employment", "Trace Metals in Michigan Native Copper"
    • Friday, February 24 - Marisha Addison (Calvin College), Alicia DeJong (Calvin College)
      Student Research Presentations
    • Friday, March 3 - Dr. Roger Wiens, Principal Scientist SuperCam, Los Alamos Laboratory
      Joint Physics/GEO Faith and Science Seminar: "Mars Rover Talk"
    • Friday, March 10 - Mr. Michael Vanden Berg, Staff Scientist at the Utah Geological Survey
      "Exploring Utah's Other Great Lake: What Great Salt Lake Can Tell Us About Ancient Lake Uinta"
    • Friday, March 31 - Dr. Mark Mulder, Department Chair, Professor, Adjunct Professor, Congregational and Ministry Studies (Calvin College)
      Joint MSDO/GEO Seminar Panel: "Housing and Gentrification in Grand Rapids"
    • Friday, April 21 - Dr. Paul Seelbach, Supervisory Ecologist, Midwest Region, and Coastal Ecosystems Branch Chief, USGS, Ann Arbor
      Joint GEO/Ecosystem Preserve/Bio for Earth Day Seminar: "A New Focus on the Freshwater Coast"
    • Friday, April 28 - Mr. Kyle Bradshaw (Calvin College), Mr. Seth Haase (Calvin College), Mr. Noah Schumerth (Calvin College)
      Student Research Presentations
    • Friday, May 5 - Mr. Mike Workman, Project Coordinator, Catalyst Partners
      "Being Stewards of the (Built) Environment"
  • Spring 2018
    • Friday, February 9 - Dr. Henk Aay, Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies Emeritus (Calvin College) and Senior Research Fellow, Van Raalte Institute (Hope College)
      "Immigrants and Nature:  Environmental Observations in Letters from Dutch Pioneer Settlers in the United States, 1835-1860"
    • Friday, March 2 - Ms. Maia Madrid (Geology major, Calvin College) & Mr. Lyall Blanche (Geography major, Calvin College)
      Student Research Presentations: "Measurement of Alongshore Dune Sediment Budgets and Movement" & "Geospatial Transformations:  Water, Health, Maps, and Liberia"
    • Friday, April 6 - Faculty Panel
      "After Graduation – Lessons Learned and Advice from GEO Faculty Experiences"
    • Friday, April 13 - Dr. Clarence Menninga, Professor of Geology Emeritus (Calvin College)
      "God’s Wonder-Full World:  Meteors and Meteorites"
    • Friday, April 20 - Dr. Jamie Skillen, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Calvin College
      "The War for the West: Public Lands and American Politics"
    • Friday, April 27 - Ms. Alison Sutter, Sustainability Manager, City of Grand Rapids
      "The City of Grand Rapids' Commitment to Sustainability"
  • Fall 2018
    • Friday, September 21 - Dr. Jason VanHorn, Associate Professor of Geography, Department Chair, Calvin College
      "Grad School Bound in GEO Sciences? – Get Going Now"
    • Friday, September 28 - Ms. Christina Bohnet; Ms. Grace Bolt & Mr. Megumu Jansen; Mr. Liam Ferraby; Mr. Noah Schumerth
      Student Research Presentations: "Geographies of Brownfield Redevelopment in Michigan", "Clean Water in Liberia: Using GIS to Visualize Public Health Data", "Restorative Justice: Building a Map Application for Re-entry Services", "Public Space, Civic Life, and Design in Fragmented Suburban Communities"
    • Friday, October 26 - Dr. Brian Romans, Associate Professor, Virginia Tech
      "Reconstructing Deep Ocean Circulation During Cenozoic Climate Transitions From the Marine Sediment Record"
    • Friday, November 9 - Mr. Luke Jordan
      "The North Country National Scenic Trail"
    • Friday, November 16 - Dr. Ralph Stearley, Professor, Calvin College
      "History of GEO at Calvin College"
    • Friday, November 30 - Dr. Joel Westra, Department Chair, Associate Professor, Calvin College
      "Oceans and Law"
    • Thursday, December 6 - Various Students
      "FYRES Research Fall 2018"
    • Friday, December 7 - Dr. Jason VanHorn, Associate Professor of Geography, Department Co-Chair, Calvin College
      "Ebbs & Flows of Geography at Harvard Yard"
  • Spring 2019
    • Friday, February 8 - Dr. Ian Winkelstern, Grand Valley State University
      "Beyond δ18O: Applying “Clumped” and “Triple Oxygen” Isotopes to the Sedimentary Record"
    • Friday, February 15 - Dr. Melinda Higley, Ohio Geological Survey
      “Archives of climate variability on Kiritimati: lacustrine, aeolian, and remote sensing perspectives"
    • Friday, February 22 - Dr. John Solum, Shell Technology Center
      "Seeing through the earth beneath our feet: Using geoscience to help predict how groundwater and hydrocarbons behave miles beneath us."
    • Friday, March 29 - Dr. Diego Melgar, Associate Professor, University of Oregon
      "The physics of large earthquakes and what it means for early warning systems"
    • Friday, April 26 - Dr. Mark Bjelland, Professor, Department Co-Chair, Calvin University
      Beyond Stewardship book release: "From Stewardship to Place-Making and Place-Keeping"
  • Fall 2019
    • Friday, September 20 - Dr. Jason VanHorn, Calvin University
      "Pursuing GEO Graduate Education"
    • Friday, September 27 - Eddie Lambert and Hannah Larsen
      “Maps for Churches: Foundational Research for an Online Bible Atlas", "Impacts of Domestic Migration on Energy Production and Climate Change in the United States"
    • Friday, October 4 - Dr. David Ley, University of British Columbia
      Inaugural Vermeer Geographical Change Lecture Series: "The Great Wall of Capital: Or, Why Is Vancouver Housing the Most Unaffordable in North America?"
    • Friday, October 18 - Dr. Ralph Stearley, Calvin University
      "2019 Update on Sea-Level Rise and Loss of Arctic Sea Ice"
    • Friday, November 8 - Neil Sutherland, Yohan Lee, Evalyn Pelfrey
      Student Research Presentations
    • Thursday, November 14 - Dr. Jason VanHorn, Calvin University
      "Unlocking Scriptural Terra Incognita: An Exploration in Bible Maps of Old"
    • Friday, November 15 - Dr. Henk Aay, Hope College, Calvin University
      "Chapters in the History of Reformed Dutch American/Canadian Christian Day Schools 1638-2019: A Cartographic Survey"
    • Friday, November 22 - Issac Jacques
      "Modelling the Changes in Internal Pressure Associated with the Crystallization of a Granitic Magma Body"

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