“I am a geoscientist with a broad background ranging from a traditional hard rock training at the University of SUNY Albany where I received my B.S. in geology, and M.S. and Ph.D from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where I focused on soil geochemistry and the paleoclimatic significance of relict glacial and periglacial landforms in the Snake Range of Great Basin National Park. My fascination with geology began as a child growing up on Thompson Lake in the Helderberg Mountains of Upstate New York. My interest was further heightened because when my father built our house, he hit bedrock at ~10 feet, so our basement floor was a bedding plane of Devonian age Manlius Limestone. He also constructed our fireplace hearth and numerous rock walls out of the surrounding Manlius and Coeymans Limestone, which are riddled with coral, brachiopod, and crinoid fossils. Thus, at the age of seven, I decided I wanted to be a paleontologist.”
Vice News Interview: (Online)
Slate as Muse, Slate as Material: (Online)
VT Digger: (Online)
Seven Days: Digital Mapping Article (Online)
Sloan Science and Film: Geology in Film Article (Online)
CBC Newfoundland: Skiing & Geology Interview (CBC)
Vermont Public Radio VT Edition Interview (2010)
Activities, Awards and Honors
Editor – The Geological Society of America, Maps & Charts (2016-present)
Associate Editor – The Journal of Geoscience Education (2011-present)
GeoForAll – Global Educator of the Year Team Award (2015)
UMC-GBHEM Methodist Exemplary Teaching Award (2015)
Biggs Award for Excellence in Earth Science Teaching (2013)
Vermont Campus Compact Service-Learning Mini-Grant (2012)
Vermont Campus Compact Faculty Fellow (2012)
J. William Fulbright Scholar (2011) [NPR]
Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Project Consultant (2011)
GSA Photo Contest Honorable Mentions (2010, 2011)
NAGT On-The-Cutting Edge Workshop Participant (2010)
IODP Expedition 328 Logo Design Selectee (2010)
Deep Earth Academy – School of Rock Participant (2010)
Excellence in Community-Based Teaching Finalist (2010)
GSA Digital Mapping Techniques Short Course (2009)
Green Mountain College Trustees Research Award (2009)
Brunnenburg International Block Course (2008)
UMC-GBHEM Methodist Exemplary Teaching Award (2007)
Teaching and Mentoring
Undergraduate Courses Taught (*denotes travel course)
- BIO 3072 – Biogeology of Southern California
- ENV 1001 – Field Studies in Sustainability
- *ENV 3000 – A History of Civilized Resource Extraction
- *ENV 3000 – Climate and Culture: Historical Blunders, Modern Realities, & Future Prospects
- *ENV3075 – Agroecology of the Alps
- ELA 1000 – Images of Nature
- ELA 2000 – Dimensions of Nature
- GLG 1011 – Introduction to Geology
- GLG 1034 – Natural Disasters
- GLG 2000 – Geology in Film
- GLG 2010 – Intro to Geographic Information Systems
- *GLG 2012 – Environmental Biogeology of Hawaii
- GLG 2040 – Geology of the Adirondacks
- GLG 2041 – Geomorphology
- *GLG 2071 – Geology of Western National Parks
- *ADE 3000 – Expedition Rafting and Geology of the Grand Canyon
- GLG 3010 – Climate Dynamics
- GLG 3031 – Soils: Genesis & Classification
- GLG 3041 – Hydrogeology
- GLG 3051 – Sedimentology & Stratigraphy
Graduate Courses Taught (*denotes travel course)
- GLG 5070 – Local Analysis of Global Environmental Issues
- *MSFS 6060 – Turning Traditions Into Markets in Kyrgyzstan
- NRM 6050 – Geographic Information Systems
- RSC 5020 – Climate Change and Resource Impacts
Graduate Students Supervised
- Brandy Bunkley, (2017), M.Sc., Ecosystems of Colorado Expedition and Scavenger Hunt: Educational Guide Focusing on Ecosystems represented in the Mordecai Children’s Garden at the Denver Botanic Gardens.
- Chris Papinsick, (2017), M.Sc., Spatial Analysis of Prairie Erosion Features at the Weldon Spring Site, Missouri.
- Kevin Hood, (2016), M.Sc., Tracy Arm – Ford’s Terror Wilderness Character Summary Status and Trends in Wilderness Qualities of an Alaskan Mountain-Fjord Wilderness.
- Morgan Dean, (2015), M.Sc., Working With LiDAR: A User Guide for Exporting Raw LiDAR Into a DEM Using LP360.
- Tammy O’Neil, (2015), M.Sc., Determination of Predictive Habitat Matrices to Predict the Biological Communities in Rheocrene Streams.
- Krystal Liedholm, (2015), M.Sc., North Dakota Comprehensive Wildlife Strategy: Proposed Plant Species of Conservation Priority Addendum.
Starting with a refresher on QGIS basics, this book will take you all the way through to creating your first custom QGIS plugin. By the end of the book, you will understand how to work with all the aspects of QGIS, and will be ready to use it for any type of GIS work. From the refresher, you will learn how to create, populate, and manage a spatial database and discover advanced data creation and editing techniques and explore the technical aspects of QGIS, including working with the Processing Toolbox, how to automate workflows with batch processing, and how to create graphical models.
Menke, K., Smith, R., Pirelli, L., and Van Hoesen, J.G., 2016, Mastering QGIS – Second Edition, Packt Publishing, 562p. Preview Book Here
Articles (*denotes student author)
Van Hoesen, J, *Anderson, O., and *Duncan, J., 2016, Final report summarizing the efficacy of GIS-based modeling of landslide susceptibility, Addison County, Vermont: Vermont Geological Survey Technical Report VGTR2016-1 (PDF).
Van Hoesen, John G., 2016, Surficial geology and hydrogeology of Monkton, Vermont: Vermont Geological Survey Open File Report VG2016-2, text plus 11 plates (plate 1-5, plates 6-11), scale 1:24,000. (Report, Plates 1-5, Plates 6-11).
St. John, K., Petcovic, H., Stokes, A., Arthurs, L., Callahan, C., Feig, A., Gates, A., Gray, K., Kortz, K., McNeal,K., Nagy-Shadman, E., Teed, R., and Van Hoesen., J., 2016, Un-packaging Manuscript Preparation and Review Guidelines for Curriculum and Instruction and Research Papers. Journal of Geoscience Education, 64(1): 1-4. (Online)
Wright, S., Springston, G., Van Hoesen, J.G., 2015, Ice Retreat and Readvance across the Green Mountain Foothills: Bolton and Jericho, Vermont., in, Franzi, D., (ed), Geology of the Northeastern Adirondack Mountains and Champlain–St. Lawrence Lowlands of New York, Vermont and Québec, pg.327-352.
Van Hoesen, J.G., 2015, Glacial Clasts, in, Encyclopedia of Planetary Landforms, edited by H. Hargitai andA. Kereszturi, Elsevier, Amsterdam. (Online)
Van Hoesen, J.G., 2014, A Geographic Information Systems (GIS)-Based Approach to Derivative Map Production and Visualizing Bedrock Topography Within the Town of Rutland, Vermont, USA. International Journal of Geo-Information, 3: 130-142. (Online)
Van Hoesen, J.G., 2014, Antarctica: Traveling in the Footsteps of Giants. Earth Magazine, January print-edition: 44-55. (Online).
Van Hoesen, J.G., 2013, Exploring the Vast Sea of Open-Source GIS: There Be Dragons No More! GeoFocus, CT’s Quarterly Geospatial Newsletter, 6(3), 1-3. (Link)
Van Hoesen, J.G., 2013, My GIS is Better Than Yours (and other lies). Directions Magazine (Link).
Van Hoesen, J.G. and Letendre, S., 2013, Characterizing the spatiotemporal evolution of building-stock age in Poultney, Vermont: a GIS-based approach to improve thermal efficiency in historical buildings. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, 40: 630-643 (Link)
Van Hoesen, J.G., *Bunkley, B., *Currier, C., 2013, A GIS-based methodology toward refining the concept of rural food deserts: a case study from Rutland County, Vermont. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. (Link)
Van Hoesen, J.G., 2012, Vulcan’s Playground: The Volcanoes of Southern Italy and the Eolian Islands. Earth Magazine, December print-edition: 48-53.
Van Hoesen, J.G., 2012, School of Rock: Educating Educators at Sea. Earth Magazine (August). (Link)
Van Hoesen, J.G., 2012, Limestone Layers: How Helderberg Fossils Helped Shape My Life. New York State Conservationist, 66(6): 24-26. (PDF)
Van Hoesen, J.G., 2012, Chile: Exploring the Archaeology, Volcanoes and Hot Springs of the Northern Atacama Desert. Travels in Geology, EARTH Magazine, April print-edition: 44-50. (Link)
Arriaza, B.T., Cornejo, L., Lienqueo, H., Standen, V.G., Santoro, C.M., Guerra, N., Van Hoesen, J.G., and Santos, M., 2012, Chemical and mineral characterization of gray sediments used to model Chinchorro bodies. Chungara, 44(1): 177-194. (Online)
Van Hoesen, J.G. and Orndorff, R.L., 2011, The morphology and spatial distribution of Late Quaternary periglacial landforms, Snake Range, Nevada: A GIS-Based approach to prioritizing field sites. Journal of the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science, 43(1): 48-60. (Online)
Van Hoesen, J.G. and Arriaza, B.T., 2011 , Characterizing the micromorphology of sediments associated with Chinchorro mummification in Arica, Chile using SEM and EDS. Archaeometry, 53(5(: 986-995. (Online).
Van Hoesen, J.G. and Letendre, J., 2010, Evaluating potential renewable energy resources in Poultney, Vermont: A GIS-based approach to supporting rural community energy planning. Renewable Energy, 35(9): 2114-2122. (Online)
Presentations (*denotes student presenter)
Van Hoesen, J.G., 2016, Crossing The River Styx: Bridging the Familiarity of ArcMap With Open-Source Tools. Vermont Geospatial Forum, White River Junction, VT.
*Chirgos, Michael,, Kim, Jonathan J., Klepeis, Keith A., and Van Hoesen, John, 2016, Using photogrammetry to analyze structures in a tectonic sliver in the foot wall of the Champlain Thrust, Shelburne, Vermont. Northeast Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 48(2), Albany, NY. (Abstract)
Van Hoesen, John, Springston, George, Franzi, David, and Wright, Stephen, 2016, A Cartographic Ode To Antevs and Chapman: A Revised Regional Depiction of Postglacial Landscape Evolution in the Champlain Valley. Northeast Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 48(2), Albany, NY. (PDF)
Van Hoesen, J.G., 2015, The Stories in the Landscape: Interpreting the Geologic History of the Slate Valley, Slate Valley Museum, Granville, NY. (Invited Speaker)
Van Hoesen, J.G., and *Elvin, M., 2015, Improving Student Performance Within the Geospatial Technology Competency Model Through Year Long Service-Learning Projects. Northeast ArcUser Conference Educator Day, Burlington, VT. (Online)
Ratner, K.A., Van Hoesen, J.G., Grigg, L., and Merwin, D., 2015, Developing Student and Institutional Geospatial Literacy in Higher Education. Panelist during Northeast ArcUser Conference Educator Day, Burlington, VT. (Online)
Davis, P., Menke, K., Smith, R., and Van Hoesen, J.G., 2015, Building a New FOSS4G Technology Workforce, FOSS4G North America, San Francisco, CA. (Online)
Van Hoesen, J.G., 2014, Afraid of GDAL, There’s a GUI For That: Raster Mastering in QGIS. VCGI Webinar.
Van Hoesen, J.G., *Grady, C.M., Ryan, P., 2014, Reconstructing The Chinchorro Palette: A Possible Origin For Manganese-Based Paint. Geological Society of America. GSA Abstract With Programs, 46(6), Vancouver, BC. (Abstract)
Davis, P., Menke, K., and Van Hoesen, J.G., 2014, Educating 21st Century Geospatial Technology Workers. FOSS4G conference, Portland, Oregon.
Van Hoesen, J.G., 2014, Digital Mapping Options In The Cumulonimbus Cloud. VCGI Roundtable Meeting, Winooski, VT.
Van Hoesen, J.G., Labas, P., Kukla, M., and Merwin, T., 2014, Slate and Muse, Slate as Material (Invited Speaker), Slate Valley Museum, Granville, NY. (Online)
Van Hoesen, J.G., 2014, Challenging the Odin Myth of Viewshed Analysis VCGI Roundtable Meeting, Winooski, VT.
Gale, M., Springston, G., Van Hoesen, J., and Becker, L., 2014, A GIS-Based Approach to Characterizing Vermont’s Groundwater Resources. Northeast GSA, Lancaster, PA. (PDF)
Van Hoesen, J.G, 2013, Introduction to TileMill: How to Become a Geospatial Tilecutter and Why You Should Care. VCGI Roundtable Meeting, Lebanon, NH (Slideshare)
Van Hoesen, J.G, 2013, Leveraging a GIS & the Emerging GeoWeb: Towards Improving the Communication of Geologic Mapping Endeavors to Community Stakeholders. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v.45(1), p49. (HTML5 & Slideshare)
Van Hoesen, J.G., 2012, Evaluating Visual Decay Within the Chinchorro Landscape, Northern Chile. NEURISA Spatial Ignite Conference, Montpelier, VT (Slideshare)
Van Hoesen, J.G. and Collins, J., 2011, A Virtual Interface for Recreating a School of Rock Experience: An Inquiry-Driven Approach Towards Describing and Interpreting Deep Ocean Cores and Smear Slides. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, Abstract #: ED21D-0604.
Van Hoesen, J.G., 2011, Does FOSS GIS Offer More Opportunities for Developing Strong Foundational GIS skills? 26th Annual NEARC Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY. (Link)
Van Hoesen, J.G., 2011, A Model for Using Open-Layers as a Medium for Virtual Geoscience Education: Exploring IODP Cores and Smear Slides Using Gigapixel Imagery. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 43(5), 478.
Van Hoesen, J.G., 2011, Geomorphic Response to Inland Flooding in Vermont Following Tropical Storm Irene. Late-Breaking Session on Hurricane Irene, Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN.
Van Hoesen, J.G., 2011, Developing and Supporting GIS-Based Service-Learning Projects at Green Mountain College, VT. Association for Environmental Studies and Science Annual Meeting, Burlington, VT (Online).
Van Hoesen, J.G., 2010, Landscape interpretation and visualization using GIS. Using GIS and Remote Sensing to Teach Geoscience in the 21st Century, Cutting Edge Workshop, Bozeman, MT. (PPT)
Van Hoesen, J.G., 2010, Open-Source GIS: A Shopping List For Beginners. Society of American Foresters, Green Mountain Division Spring Meeting. (PDF)
Van Hoesen, John G. and Arriaza, B., 2009, Characterizing the micromorphology and chemistry of sediments associated with Chinchorro mortuary materials using SEM, EDS, and XRD. 28th Northeast Conference on Andean Archaeology and Ethnohistory, State University of New York at New Paltz. (PDF)
*Violette, D. and Van Hoesen, John G., 2007, A geomorphic assessment of the White Rocks Slide Wallingford, VT. Green Mountain College, 34: No.2, pg. 6. Geological Society of Vermont, Burlington, VT. (PPT)
Van Hoesen, John G., 2006, Strengthening 3D spatial visualization skills in an undergraduate geomorphology course: an applied application of of ESRI’s ArcScene GIS extension. Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, Denver, Colorado, Vol. 38, No. 7, p.425. (PDF)
*Eger, James and Van Hoesen, John G., 2005, Geologic History of Selected Climbing Crags in New York and New England. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Saratoga Spring, New York. (PDF)
Van Hoesen, John G., 2004, Evaluating a GIS-Based Approach to Predicting the Spatial Distribution of Periglacial Deposits in the Interior Great Basin of the Southwestern United States. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Denver, Colorado, Vol. 36, No. 5. (PDF)
Van Hoesen, John G., 2004, Integrating Field-Based Service-Learning and Community Learning into and Introductory Hydrology Course. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Denver, Colorado, Vol. 36, No. 5. (PDF)
Van Hoesen, John G., 2003, Improving 3D spatial visualization of stream channel morphology: A geomorphic application of ArcView 3D Analyst Extension. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Seattle, Washington. (PDF)
Van Hoesen, John G. and Orndorff, Richard L., 2003, The micromorphology of glacial and non-glacial clasts: Evaluating the effects of lithology and age. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Seattle, Washington. (PDF)
Geological Society of America
National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences
Sigma Xi Scientific Society
Vermont Geological Society
Vermont Cavers Association