Brian W. Zimmer

Brian has been with the Geology Department since 2008 and has taught a myriad of labs, introductory lectures, and freshman seminar. He researches volcanoes and volcanic deposits and is currently working, in conjunction with Dr. Cynthia Liutkus, on a set of ancient human footprints preserved in volcanic ash in northern Tanzania. He is a leader of the Land of Fire and Ice GLY 1103 trip to Iceland and won the 2015 Teaching Excellence Award (non tenure-track) in the College of Arts and Sciences.

You will most likely see Brian in his office, but you may also run into him around campus, feeding the ducks at Duck Pond, at the climbing gym, or juggling with the Appstate Juggling Club on Sanford Mall. Stop by and say hello.


  • B.S. Allegheny College
  • M.S. Northern Arizona University

Courses Taught

  • GLY 1101 - Introduction to Physical Geology (labs)
  • GLY 1103 - Introduction to Environmental and Applied Geology (lecture and labs)
  • GLY 1103 - Introduction to Environmental and Applied Geology (Iceland Summer Course - Land of Fire and Ice)
  • GLY 1104 - Water: Mountains to Sea (labs)
  • GLY 2745 - Preparation of Geologic Reports (labs)
  • UCO 1200 - First Year Seminar (Juggling and the Circus Arts)


Title: Senior Lecturer: Volcanology
Department: Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-2749