The coastal sand dunes along the Eastern Coast of Lake Michigan make up the largest collection of freshwater coastal dunes in the world. Our studies of these dunes give us valuable information that will help us manage and protect them and yields important insights into both the development of coastal dunes in general and climate change in Michigan over the last 5000 years. In order to create a history of the Lake Michigan dune complex, we need to know when the dunes began forming, the timing of the various episodes of dune growth and migration, the ways in which these events changed the geometry and position of the dunes. Join Ed Hansen, Hope College; and Lisa Brush, of The Stewardship Network, to learn more about these amazing dunes in the next Stewardship Network webcast!
Ed Hansen - Dr. Hansen's has been a professor in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at Hope College since 1984. His research projects have taken him as far away as Sri Lanka and India. Currently he is focusing on the geological history of Lake Michigan's sand dunes, a distinctive feature of the lakeshore near Hope's Holland hometown.
Lisa Brush - Lisa is the Executive Director of The Stewardship Network. Lisa has been leading collaborative conservation initiatives in the nonprofit environmental sector for over two decades. In her role as co-founder and Executive Director of The Stewardship Network she has engaged thousands of professionals and volunteers in identifying community and conservation needs of the 21st century and determining strategic support The Network can provide. She has managed and overseen grant projects from federal and state agencies, as well as family and private foundations. She has been involved in all aspects of organizational management including foundation/agency relationships, grant based project funding, budget tracking, contract negotiation, implementation, accountability, project reporting and staff and board development. Lisa has facilitated strategic planning sessions, focus groups, citizen task forces, community visioning sessions, and public involvement and feedback meetings with groups ranging in size from four to four hundred. Lisa emphasizes tried and true in-person methods of bringing people together augmented by the use of cutting edge online technology. Lisa serves on numerous boards of directors, has a BA in Science in Society from Wesleyan University, an MS from University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment, and is a graduate of Michigan State University's Great Lakes Leadership Academy.