Faculty and Staff

Who are the GES faculty?

Appalachian's GES faculty include four Fellows of the Geological Society of America, three Fellows of the Explorers Club, two National Geographic Explorers, five Board of Governors Teaching Award winners, and they have also won a number of other university-wide, local, and regional teaching/leadership/service awards. They have conducted research on every continent, from the tops of mountains to the bottom of the ocean, and have a wide range of interests and expertise.  


Name Position Contact
Dr. William P. Anderson Jr.
Professor and Chair: Hydrogeology
Dr. William H. Armstrong
Assistant Professor: Glaciology
Dr. Sarah K. Carmichael
Professor: Fluid-Rock Geochemistry and Biomineralogy
Dr. Gabriele M. Casale
Associate Professor: Structural Geology
Dr. Ellen A. Cowan
Professor: Sedimentary record of climate change, Geoarchaeology, Geomorphology
Dr. Cole Edwards
Assistant Professor: Carbonate Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
Dr. Sarah G. Evans
Assistant Professor: Hydrogeology
Dr. Steven J. Hageman
Professor: Invertebrate Paleontology, Paleoecology
Dr. Andrew B. Heckert
Professor: Vertebrate Paleontology, Dinosaurs, Litho/Biostratigraphy
Dr. Christine Ogilvie Hendren
Professor: Nanomaterial Risk Assessment and Integration and Implementation Sciences (I2S)
Research Institute for Environment, Energy, and Economics - Director
Dr. Jamie S. Levine
Associate Professor: Structure, Tectonics, and Metamorphic Petrology
Dr. Cynthia M. Liutkus-Pierce
Professor and Director of the Environmental Science Program: Sedimentology and Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction
Laura Mallard
Senior Lecturer: Geoscience Education
Dr. Scott T. Marshall
Professor: Geophysics, Satellite Geodesy, and Fracture Mechanics
Joey Mosteller
Lecturer: Physical and Environmental Geology
Dr. Hannah Riegel
Visiting Assistant Professor: Field Methods
Dr. Bob Swarthout
Assistant Professor (joint appointment with Department of Chemistry)
Marta Toran
Lecturer and Outreach Coordinator
Dr. Lauren H. Waterworth
Senior Lecturer: Environmental Law
Brian W. Zimmer
Senior Lecturer: Volcanology

Adjunct Faculty

Name Position Contact
Dr. Denise Akob
Adjunct Research Professor
Research Microbiologist, United States Geological Survey (Reston, VA)
Dr. Erika Kido
Adjunct Research Professor (Vienna, Austria)
Dr. Gregg H. Marland
Adjunct Research Professor
Research Institute for Environment, Energy, and Economics
Dr. Arthur Merschat
Adjunct Research Professor
Research Geologist, United States Geological Survey (Reston, VA)
Dr. William Miller
Adjunct Research Professor
Professor of Geology: Humboldt State University
Dr. Cara Santelli
Adjunct Research Professor
Associate Professor: University of Minnesota
Keith C. Seramur
Adjunct Research and Teaching Professor
Seramur and Associates (Boone, NC)
Dr. Thomas Suttner
Adjunct Research Professor (Vienna, Austria)


Name Position Contact
Anthony Love
Research Operations and Laboratories Manager
Lauri J. Miller
Office Manager

Emeritus Faculty & Staff

Name Position Contact
Richard N. Abbott Jr.
Emeritus Professor: Metamorphic Petrology and Mineralogy
John E. Callahan
Emeritus Professor: Economic Geology
Marjorie J. McKinney
Emeritus Museum Curator
Loren A. Raymond
Emeritus Professor: Petrotectonics
Johnny A. Waters
Emeritus & Adjunct Research Professor: Invertebrate Paleontology
Fred Webb Jr.
Emeritus Professor: Sedimentology