Jason E. VanHorn
- Dr. Jason E. VanHorn
- Professor, Director of Master of Science in GIScience Program
- Geology, Geography, and Environment
- North Hall 075 (Map)
- (616) 526-7623
- Curriculum Vitae
PhD - The Ohio State University (Geography)
MS - Texas A&M University (Geography)
BA - Indiana University (Double-major in Geography and Political Science)
Originally from Indiana, Dr. VanHorn grew up with a fascination for maps. At an early age he became interested in cartography from the various road atlases and National Geographic Magazine thematic maps that he came across.
Professor VanHorn joined the GEO department at Calvin College in 2007 and has been recognized for his contributions to the field of geography through publication, research with undergraduate students, and international speaking engagements. His consulting work continues to grow to include work both domestically in the United States as well as abroad.
- geographic thought and philosophy
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
- remote sensing
- geography of terrorism
Research and scholarship
SELECT PRINT PUBLICATIONS (SEE CV FOR FULL LIST)
- VanHorn, JE. Physiographic Landform Cartography: A Comparative Analysis of Contributions by Armin K. Lobeck (1921) and Erwin Raisz (1939, Earth Sciences History (2022) 41 (2): 351–362. https://doi.org/10.17704/1944-6187-41.2.351
- VanHorn, JE. The Erwin Raisz plan to advance academic cartography in the United States. International Journal of Cartography, https://doi.org/10.1080/23729333.2022.2074940.
- Alford KR, Rosendale KD, Koroma AH, DeRuiter SL, Pruim R, VanHorn JE, Bone M, Deighton J, DenHaan A, Koeman J, Kornoelje S, Lika B, Stratton A, Walls L, N Wang. Evaluating filter functionality and user competence after a hollow fiber membrane filter intervention in Liberia. Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development. https://doi.org/10.2166/washdev.2022.075
- Bjelland, MD and JE VanHorn. The Geography of Worship. Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Research Guide. https://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/the-geography-of-worship/.
- VanHorn, JE and NA Mosurinjohn. A Needs-Based Approach to Accessibility and Location Efficiency of Congregational Social Programs, in The Changing World Religion Map: Sacred Places, Identities, Practices and Politics, Stanley Brunn (Ed), Springer 2015.
- Abigail Belford,Seth D. Kenbeek,Jason VanHorn, and Deanna van Dijk. Using Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis to Understand Changes to Lake Michigan Dunes. Geological Society of America Special Papers, 508-512.
- VanHorn, JE and NA Mosurinjohn. Urban 3D GIS Modeling of Terrorism Sniper Hazards. Social Science Computer Review, November 2010 (28): 482-496.
- Wheeler, DW, VanHorn, JE and E Paskett. A Comparison of Design-Based and Model Based Analysis of Sample Surveys in Geography. The Professional Geographer, 60 (4): 466-477.
SELECT CARTOGRAPHIC PUBLICATIONS (SEE CV FOR FULL LIST)
2021 VanHorn, JE. Map – New Netherlands in Declarations of Interdependence: The Nature of Dutch-Native Relations in New Netherland,
1624-1664: SUNY Press, by Stephen Staggs in Dutch and Indigenous Communities in Seventeenth-Century Northeastern North America: What Archaeology, History, and Indigenous Oral Traditions Teach Us about Their Intercultural Relationships edited by L. Lavin, p45.
2021 VanHorn, JE and N. Kastner. Returning Citizen Services 3.0. http://gis.calvin.edu/rc.
2020 VanHorn, JE. 3 Maps in The Fastest Game in the World: Hockey and the Globalization of Sports. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2020 by Bruce Berglund.
2019 VanHorn, JE and Liam Ferraby. Michigan Dunes Inventory GIS 2.0. An online application of the Michigan Dunes. http://gis.calvin.edu/MDI.
2018 C Kammel and JE VanHorn. Map – India in Christianity in India: Conversion, Community Development and Religious Freedom, edited by Rebecca Shah and Joel Carpenter. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, map, pg xii.
2018 Returning Citizen Services 2.0 VanHorn, JE and L. Ferraby. http://gis.calvin.edu/rc.
2018 Bolt, Grace M., Megumu Jansen, Jamison L. Koeman, and Jason E. VanHorn. Mapping Liberia. ArcGIS Online. https://gis.calvin.edu/lms.
2017 VanHorn JE and C Strikwerda in Amid the Ruins: The Ottoman Empire, 1300-1924 by Douglas Howard. Cambridge University Press. Ten maps.
2010 VanHorn, JE. Map – Paterson, NJ. In Robert Schoone-Jongen, “There was work in the valley: Dutch immigration to New Jersey, 1850-1920.” Tijdschrift voor Sociale en Economische Geschiedenis 10: 56-81.
2010 VanHorn, JE and L DeVos in Christianity and modernity in Eastern Europe. BR Berglund and B Porter-Szucs (eds.), Budapest: Central European University Press:
- Map – Catholic participation in contemporary Poland, pg 139. In J Bjork, Bulwark or Patchwork? Religious Exceptionalism & Regional Diversity in Postwar Poland (129-158);
- Map – Greek Catholic church in postwar western Ukraine, pg 161. In N Shlikhta, Competing Concepts of “Reunification” behind Liquidation of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (159-190);
- Map – Communist era Romania, pg 193. In A Şincan, From Bottom to Top & Back: On How to Build a Church in Communist Romania (191-216);
- Map – Religion in the interwar Czech lands, pg 348. In B Berglund, Drafting a Historical Geography of East European Christianity (329-372);
- Map – Absence of religion in the Czech Republic, pg 349. In B Berglund, Drafting a Historical Geography of East European Christianity (329-372).
2009 VanHorn, JE. National Atlas for Developing Countries. An online atlas site available at http://gis.calvin.edu/atlas/index.html.
2008 VanHorn, JE and SJ Jonker. The Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve. An online GIS system available at http://gis.calvin.edu/ccep. (Version 1) (Version 2, 2012) (Version 3, 2015)
DATA & SOFTWARE PUBLICATION
2014 VanHorn, JE. Kurdish Conflict Database (Version 1.0), http://gis.calvin.edu/data.html.
2009 Winck, E, Bascom, J, & JE VanHorn. GeoLearner (Version 1.0) [Software]. Grand Rapids. http://www.geolearner.com
- Association of American Geographers
- American Geographical Society
2015 Student-Faculty Research Award at Calvin College
In the news
Calvin earns Tree Campus USA designation
For the second year in a row, Calvin College was named a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.
Calvin students create national atlases
Students in a Calvin geography class have created online national atlases for Eritrea, Thailand and Nepal with more on the way.
Calvin students track trees in the Ecosystem Preserve
Every five years a team of students and professors survey the 3-4,000 trees in the college's Ecosystem Preserve, recording each tree’s location, type, diameter, health and height.
Fulbright student to map geography of refugees
Janaya Crevier will be heading to Austria in September 2016 to explore the journeys of a half dozen refugee families.
Interim: The Geography of Terrorism
In this class, students put terrorism on the map.
Mapping Calvin's trees
Calvin biology and GIS classes have inventoried every tree on campus. One student made an online map.
Story map project aims for ecological justice in Plaster Creek watershed
Students Annaka Scheeres and Charlotte Reynolds ’16 teamed up with Professor Jason Van Horn to create a digital story of the watershed and its populations.
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