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John Van Hoesen Ph.D

Associate Professor of Geology & Environmental Studies
Community Mapping Lab Director (MapLab)

Richardson House 109
One Brennan Circle
Poultney, VT 05764-1199
Email Address: vanhoesenj@greenmtn.edu
Phone: 802-287-8387; Fax: 802-287-8080

"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."

Education
B.S. State University of New York at Albany (Geology)
M.S. University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Geoscience)
Ph.D. University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Geoscience)

Media
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

Associate Editor - The Journal of Geoscience Education (present)
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, Fulbrighter, La Tercera)
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)
Promotion Full Member - Sigma Xi Society (2005)
Vermont EPSCoR Baccalaureate Research Grant (2004)
Sigma Gamma Epsilon Honor Society (2003)
Barrick Fellowship, UNLV (2003)
GSA - Outstanding Student Research Award (2002)
GeoCorps Participant - Great Basin National Park (2002)
NAGT Outstanding Geology Student Brunton Award (2002)
Best Masters Thesis, College of Science UNLV (2001)
Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society Grant (2001)
American Alpine Club Research Grant (2001)
Sigma Gamma Epsilon National Honor Society (2001)
Colorado Scientific Society Eckel Research Grant (2001)
GSA, Division Howard Award - Honorable Mention (1999)

Scholarship

Articles

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., 2011, Surficial geological map of Dover, Vermont.  Vermont Geological Survey Open-File Report VG11-1.
(PDF or KML Tour)

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)

  • Earlier Articles
    • Letendre, S.L., Van Hoesen, J.G., Robinson, J., and Welch, K., 2010, A community-based weatherization initiative in Vermont.  ACEEE Summer Study Proceedings: Energy Efficiency in Buildings.

    • Van Hoesen, J.G. and Garrard, A., 2010, GIS-Based Service Learning: Supporting an Institutional Commitment to Climate Neutrality. ArcUser & GIS Educator).

    • Van Hoesen John G., 2009, Surficial Geologic Map of Rutland, Vermont. Vermont Geological Survey Open File Report VG09-7 (PDF) Ancillary derivative maps are here.

    • Buck, B.J. and Van Hoesen John G., 2005, Assessing the applicability of isotopic analysis of pedogenic gypsum as a paleoclimate indicator: Jornada and Tularosa basins, southern New Mexico. Journal of Arid Environments, 60: 99-114. (PDF)

    • Van Hoesen, John G. and Orndorff, R.L., 2004, A Comparative SEM Study Assessing the Micromorphology of Glaciated Clasts of Varying Lithologies. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 41: 1123-1139. (PDF)

    • Van Hoesen, John G., 2004, Wowing geomorphology students with 3D landform analysis. GIS Educator, pg. 10. (PDF)

    • Orndorff, R.L., Van Hoesen, John G., and Saines, M., 2003, Implications of New Evidence for Late Quaternary Glaciation in the Spring Mountains, Southern Nevada. Journal of the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science 36(1): 37-45. (PDF)

    • Van Hoesen, John G. and Orndorff, Richard L., 2003, Using GIS To Evaluate An Enigmatic Diamicton In The Spring Mountains, Southern Nevada. Professional Geographer 55: 206- 215. (PDF)

    • Van Hoesen, J., 2003, Surficial geology of glaciated canyons in Windy Peak and Wheeler Peak quadrangles, Southern Snake Range, Nevada, (Map within PhD dissertation, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 139p). (PDF)

    • Van Hoesen, John G., 2002, Geologic Tour of Red Rock National Conservation Area, in: Geology of the Southern Nevada Region, National Association of Geology Teachers Far Western Section, Spring Field Conference, Las Vegas, NV, pg. 86-95.

    • Buck, B.J., and Van Hoesen, John G., 2002, Snowball Morphology and SEM Analysis of Pedogenic Gypsum, southern New Mexico, Journal of Arid Environments: v.51, 469-487. (PDF)

    • Buck, Brenda J., Van Hoesen, J., Khresat, S., and Rawajfih, Z., 2002, Morphology, SEM, and Stable Isotopic Analyses of Pedogenic Gypsum, USA and Jordan, Transactions of the 17th World Congress of Soil Science, Bangkok, Thailand 20:451, p. 1-10

    • Orndorff, R.L. and Van Hoesen, John G., 2001, Using GIS to predict the spatial distribution of perennial snow under modern and Pleistocene conditions in the Snake Range, Nevada. 69th Annual Meeting of the Western Snow Conference, Sun Valley, Idaho, 2001, pg. 119-123. (PDF)

    • Van Hoesen, John G., Buck, B.J., Merkler, D.J., and McMillan, N., 2001, An investigation of salt micromorphology and chemistry, Las Vegas Wash, Nevada: Proceedings of the 36th Annual Symposium on Engineering Geology and Geotechnical Engineering. Luke, Jacobson, and Werle (eds), University of Nevada, Las Vegas, March 28-30, pg. 729-737.

    • Van Hoesen, John G., 2001, Geology of Great Basin National Park. Great Basin National Park, Nevada. (PDF)

    • Phillips, P.J., Wall, G.R., and Van Hoesen, J., 1999, Metolachlor and it's Metabolites in Tile Drain and Stream Runoff in the Canajoharie Creek Watershed, Environmental Science and Technology, v. 33, i. 20, p. 3531-3537. (Online)


Presentations

Van Hoesen, J.G., 2014, Envisioning a Geologic Database Utopia: Is life in a Post GIS - postGIS - World Any Better? Northeast GSA, Lancaster, PA (Slideshare & GSA).

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)

Ackerman-Leist, P. and Van Hoesen, J.G., 2012, Mapping the Foodshed and Sharing YOUR Story. Farm to Cafeteria Conference, Burlington, VT. (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, Strengthening GIS Skills and Professionalism Through Community-Based Service Learning Projects.  25th Annual NEARC Conference. (Link, Media)

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., 2009, Open-Source GIS - A Balancing Act Between a Wampeter and Saltpeter. Fall 2009 VCGI Roundtable Meeting, Fairlee, VT. (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)

Van Hoesen, John G., 2001, A preliminary assessment of the glacial geology and geomorphology of Great Basin National Park, East-Central Nevada: The Geologic Transition, High Plateaus to Great Basin, ed. M.C. Erskine, J.E. Faulds, J.M. Bartley, and P.D. Rowley, p.430.

Wolff, K.L., Buck, B.J., Merkler, D.J., and Van Hoesen, John G., 2001, Salt dynamics of the Las Vegas Wash Wetlands, Las Vegas, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Boston, Massachusetts, Vol. 33, No.6.

Orndorff, R.L. and Van Hoesen, John G., 2001, Using GIS to predict the spatial distribution of perennial snow under modern and Pleistocene conditions in the Snake Range, Nevada. 69th Annual Meeting of the Western Snow Conference, Sun Valley, Idaho, 2001, pg. 119-123. (PDF)

Bailley, T.L., Gilbert, J., Howley, R.A., Rees, M.N., Shiefelbein, I.M., Taylor, W.J., and Van Hoesen, John G., 2001, A geologic guide to Red Rock Canyon: Integrating research and education: 45th Annual Meeting of the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Van Hoesen, John G. and Orndorff, R.L., 2001, Using GIS to predict the spatial distribution of perennial snow and ice under modern and Pleistocene conditions in the Spring Mountains, Nevada. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Universal City, California, v. 33, no. 3, p. A67.


Professional Memberships
NEURISA
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

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