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Undergraduate research students investigate dune processes and change at a Lake Michigan site (Case study from 2007-2008 field season)

Deanna van Dijk, Department of Geology, Geography and Environmental Studies, Calvin College

Overview of the Project

Jon Schmitkons measures an erosion pin at the study area
Undergraduate research students working with Deanna van Dijk, a physical geographer and faculty member at Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI), have been monitoring coastal dune processes, variables and changes at a Lake Michigan site from 2000 through the present. To date, 14 undergraduate research students have participated in this research project in summer and academic-year research positions. This case study describes the work of three undergraduate research students who participated from October 2007 through May 2008: Brent Geurink, Luke Pettinga, and Jon Schmitkons. The students participated in setting up and taking down research equipment, making weekly field measurements, data entry, data analysis, and presenting results at a professional conference.

Project Goals/Vision

This research project includes goals for research and for student learning.

The research project will:

The undergraduate research students will:

Project Design and Implementation

Jon Schmitkons measures erosion pins while Brent Geurink moves to another survey position on the foredune.

Results/Outcomes

The student researchers documented surface conditions such as locations of snow and sand deposits.

Lessons Learned

Brent Geurink measures wind conditions at the crest of a dune near the study area.