The Grand Rapids Public Museum leads research with a team of scientists and experts along with community partners on a variety of topics. Findings are shared through academic publications and conferences, and with the public on the Museum’s website and blog. The Museum’s research team is led by the GRPM’s scientists on staff, Dr. Stephanie Ogren, VP of Science and Education, and Dr. Cory Redman, Science Curator.
Grand River Research
The GRPM provides historical, cultural and scientific interpretation of the watershed including how human actions have affected and will continue to affect the future of natural and human systems. To tell the river restoration story, there are data and knowledge gaps that the Museum and partners are working to fill, including information about the historic and current fish community, how humans interact with the river, and how the restoration actions may change human behavior. The Museum and partner agencies have teamed up to answer some of these questions.
Lake Sturgeon Juvenile Assessment
Fish Community Assessment
Grand River Habitat Mapping
Middle Devonian Marine Invertebrates
Clapp Family Mastodon
The Museum along with partners DisArt, Disability Advocates and Occupational Therapy departments of Western Michigan University, Colorado Mesa University, and Grand Valley State University are working to research, evaluate and collaborate on implementing the principles of universal design in a museum setting.
- Use of Pre-Visit Materials for Museum Visitors with Autism Spectrum Disorder (2022 Research group)
- A Survey of Assistive Technology Preferences for Museum Visitors with Sensory Impairment (2022 Research group)
- Evaluation and Development of Sensory Inclusive events at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.
- Development of staff training materials for interactions with guests that have different abilities.
- Jennifer K. Fortuna, Kayleigh Thomas, Jenna Asper, Laura Matney, Kyra Chase, Stephanie Ogren, and Julia VanderMolen. A Survey of Universal Design at Museums: Current Industry Practice and Perceptions. The Open Journal of Physical Therapy.
- Fortuna, J., Harrison, C., Eekhoff, A., Marthaler, C., Seromik, M., Ogren, S., & VanderMolen, J. (In Press). Perceptions of accessibility from museum visitors who are visually impaired: A case study. Visitor Studies.
Through a partnership with Grand Valley State University’s educational instruction program the GRPM is featured in research surrounding using the Museum space as a learning lab.
- Erica R. Hamilton & Kelly C. Margot (2020) Learning to Teach in a Museum: Benefits of a Museum–University Partnership, Journal of Museum Education, 45:4, 462-475, DOI: 10.1080/10598650.2020.1807242
- Hamilton, E.R., & Vriend Van Duinen, D. (2021). Hybrid Spaces: Adolescent Literacy and Learning in a Museum. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 64( 5), 511– 520. https://doi.org/10.1002/jaal.1123
Museum Published Research
Museum Staff often lend their expertise to other researchers and have published on related topics.
- Cory M. Redman, Jason R. Moore, David M. Lovelace, Julie A. Meachen,The rank abundance distribution of large-bodied vertebrates from Natural Trap Cave, Wyoming, Quaternary International, Volumes 647–648, 2023, Pages 42-52, ISSN 1040-6182, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2021.11.004.
- J.A. Meachen, C.M. Redman, B.M. Gilbert, R. Reppen, S. Chomko, K. Lippincott, B.H. Breithaupt, D. Lovelace, J. Laden. (2022) JPT No. 26 – A history of paleontological excavations at the Pleistocene fossil site Natural Trap Cave, Wyoming. https://jpaleontologicaltechniques.com/2022/12/13/jpt-no-26-a-history-of-palaeontological-excavations-at-the-pleistocene-fossil-site-natural-trap-cave-wyoming/
- K. T. Scribner, G. Uhrig, J. Kanefsky, N. M. Sard, M. Holtgren, C. Jerome, & S. Ogren. (2022). Pedigree-based decadal estimates of lake sturgeon adult spawning numbers and genetic diversity of stream-side hatchery produced offspring. Journal of Great Lakes research, 48, 551-564. doi: 10.1016/j.jglr.2021.12.005
- Redman, C.M., Moore, J.R., Lovelace, D.M., and Meachen, J.A., in press, The rank abundance distribution of large-bodied vertebrates from Natural Trap Cave, Wyoming: Quaternary International.
- McGuire, J.L., Woodruff, A., Iacono, J., Sethna, J.M., Schap, J.A., Redman, C.M., and Meachen, J.A., in press, Evaluating the taphonomic consistency of microvertebrate assemblages at Natural Trap Cave, Wyoming, USA: Quaternary International.
- Lovelace, D.M., Redman, C.M., Minckley, T.A., Schubert, B.W., Mahan, S., Wood, J.R.,McGuire, J.L., Laden, J., Bitterman, K., Heiniger, H., Fenderson, L., Cooper, A., Mitchell, K.J., and Meachen, J.M., in press, An age-depth model and revised stratigraphy of vertebrate bearing units in Natural Trap Cave, Wyoming: Quaternary International.
- Meachen, J.A., Redman, C.M., Gilber, B.M., Reppen, R., Chomko, S., Lippincott, K., Breithaupt, B.H., Lovelace, D., and Laden, J., in press, A history of paleontological excavations at the Pleistocene fossil site Natural Trap Cave, Wyoming: Journal of Paleontological Techniques.
- Redman, C.M., Tomiya, S., Bitterman, K., Cain, K., and Meachen, J.A., 2021, Utilizing inquiry-driven science outreach to curate Natural Trap Cave fossils and inspire the pursuit of STEM careers. Evolution: Education and Outreach 14: 13. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12052-021-00152-0
- Andrea Melvin (2018) The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Uniform, Dress:The Journal of the Costume Society of America, 44:2.
- Ogren, Stephanie & Huckins, Casey. (2015). Culvert replacements: Improvement of stream biotic integrity?. Restoration Ecology. 23. 10.1111/rec.12250