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
(828) 262-7540
Dr. William H. Armstrong
Assistant Professor: Glaciology
(828) 262-6739
Dr. Sarah K. Carmichael
Professor: Fluid-Rock Geochemistry and Biomineralogy
(828) 262-8471
Dr. Gabriele M. Casale
Associate Professor: Structural Geology
(828) 262-2746
Dr. Ellen A. Cowan
Professor: Sedimentary record of climate change, Geoarchaeology, Geomorphology
(828) 262-2260
Dr. Cole Edwards
Assistant Professor: Carbonate Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
(828) 262-7820
Dr. Sarah G. Evans
Assistant Professor: Hydrogeology
(828) 262-2517
Dr. Steven J. Hageman
Professor: Invertebrate Paleontology, Paleoecology
(828) 262-6609
Dr. Andrew B. Heckert
Professor: Vertebrate Paleontology, Dinosaurs, Litho/Biostratigraphy
(828) 262-7609
Dr. Christine Ogilvie Hendren
Professor: Nanomaterial Risk Assessment and Integration and Implementation Sciences (I2S)
Director of RIEEE
(828) 262-2764
Dr. Jamie S. Levine
Associate Professor: Structure, Tectonics, and Metamorphic Petrology
(828) 262-2166
Dr. Cynthia M. Liutkus-Pierce
Professor and Director of the Environmental Science Program: Sedimentology and Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction
(828) 262-6933
Laura Mallard
Senior Lecturer: Geoscience Education
(828) 262-7517
Dr. Scott T. Marshall
Professor: Geophysics, Satellite Geodesy, and Fracture Mechanics
(828) 265-8680
Joey Mosteller
Lecturer: Physical and Environmental Geology
(828) 262-8466
Dr. Hannah Riegel
Visiting Assistant Professor: Field Methods
(828) 262-8648
Dr. Bob Swarthout
Affiliated Environmental Science Faculty (Department of Chemistry)
(828) 262-4083
Marta Toran
Lecturer and Outreach Coordinator
Dr. Lauren H. Waterworth
Senior Lecturer: Environmental Law
(828) 262-4980
Brian W. Zimmer
Senior Lecturer: Volcanology
(828) 262-2749

Adjunct Faculty

Name Position Contact
Dr. Denise Akob
Adjunct - Research Microbiologist, USGS
(703) 648-5819
Dr. Erika Kido
Adjunct - ASU
Dr. Gregg H. Marland
Adjunct - ASU, RIEEE
(828) 262-6161
Dr. Arthur Merschat
Adjunct - USGS
(703) 648-6035
Dr. William Miller
Adjunct - Professor of Geology: Humboldt State University
Dr. Cara Santelli
Adjunct - Associate Professor: University of Minnesota
Keith C. Seramur
Adjunct - ASU
Dr. Thomas Suttner
Adjunct - ASU


Name Position Contact
Anthony Love
Research Operations and Laboratories Manager
(828) 262-6952
Lauri J. Miller
Office Manager
(828) 262-3049

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 Professor: Invertebrate Paleontology
Fred Webb Jr.
Emeritus Professor: Sedimentology