John G Van Hoesen, Ph.D., GISP

Biography

Although I identify as a multidisciplinary scientist, my discipline-specific training is firmly rooted in the geosciences focused on geomorphology and hydrogeology. I studied a traditional ‘hard-rock’ curriculum at the State University of Albany where I pursued an independent study in isotope geochemistry and volunteered for the Troy NYWSC. This led to a coauthored article on pesticide contamination from agricultural tile drains and inspired me to attend graduate school at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. I transitioned to ‘soft-rock’ studies at UNLV where I specialized in soil geochemistry. I evaluated the relationship between paleoclimate and the hydration water of gypsum in arid soils for my master’s degree. I changed focus again during my doctoral work to evaluate paleoclimate signals recorded by glacial and periglacial landforms in the mountains of central Nevada. More recent research is focused on (1) surficial mapping and related groundwater resources, (2) modeling and mapping landslide susceptibility, (3) geochemical studies related to the Chincorro culture in Chile, and (4) using spatial analyses to explore a broad range of environmental issues. 

Prior to appointment at the NYWSC I worked in academia for more than 15 years. During that time I was selected for the Biggs Earth Science Teaching Award from the Geological Society of America, I recieved a J. William Fulbright Scholar Award to pursue research in northern Chile, I sailed aboard the JOIDES Resolution for Expedition 328, and served as GISCorp volunteer teaching advanced spatial analysis and remote sensing to faculty at Kabul Polytechnic University, Afghanistan. My professional contributions have included: serving on the Vermont Geologic Mapping Advisory Committee, as the Maps and Charts Science Editor for the Geological Society of America, as an associate editor for the Journal of Geoscience Education, a reviewer for the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, a field trip organizer for Northeast Geological Society of America Meeting, and a subject matter expert for the (1) Geographic information: Need to Know (GI-N2K) project, (2) GeoAcademy, (3) Association of American Geographers, (4) Swiss National Science Foundation, (5) National Information, Security and Geospatial Technology Consortium, (6) VT NSF EPSCoR's Pilot Grants, and (7) URISA GISPro.