Faculty/Staff Positions Available in the Geology Department

The Department of Geology at Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in sedimentary geology at the level of assistant professor to begin August, 2016.

Click here for job description and application information

Ask A Geologist

Got a geologic question you need answered? Ask A Geologist!

Did you find something that puzzled you in your backyard or on top of a mountain? Have questions about local environmental problems? Want to know about what's going on in Boone Creek, the Watauga River, and the New River? Concerned about hydraulic fracturing in your region? Do you have a mineral that you can't identify? Think you found a meteorite? We will do our best to answer any geological/environmental question. We also have pages that answer some of our most frequently asked questions.

What is Geology?

What is Geology?

Geology is about more than just rocks.

Boone, NC

We have expertise in all fields of earth science.

Click on our each of our research programs below to see what we do!

Water Resources and Environmental Geology

Why Study Geology at Appalachian?

The Appalachian State University Geology program provides students with a solid foundation on which to build a successful career in the geosciences.

We have a strong commitment to both undergraduate research and teaching. The department offers both a BA and BS in Geology, with the option of concentrating in Paleontology, Environmental Geology, Quantitative Geoscience, or Geoscience Education.  There are numerous opportunities for involvement of undergraduates in all aspects of cutting edge, faculty-led research.  

We have been successful in establishing a program that is arguably among the best Bachelor degree programs in geology available in the Southeastern United States. For more information, click here.

If you're not yet sure you want to major in Geology, take some of our many General Education classes - learn about water resources, dinosaurs, oceanography, natural disasters, energy resources, fossils, and of course... rocks.  According to Slate, "Introductory Geology classes are the best science electives" and we certainly agree!

Geology Department Newsletter


Drs. Casale and Levine have received a $139,895 award from the National Science Foundation to study mountain building processes in the southern Appalachians. read more...
Dr. Gregg Marland, adjunct professor of Geology, is interviewed on BBC Newsday about his recent work looking at the role of CO2 emissions from China on climate. The interview begins 8:45 into the show and lasts about 3.5 minutes. http://www.bbc...
A research paper on urban stream restoration written by Assistant Professor Kristan Cockerill and Professor Bill Anderson has received the 2015 Boggess Award for the best paper published in 2014 in the Journal of the American Water Resources...
Dr. Ellen Cowan, Professor of Geology, is in the news for her work tracking the coal ash spill from the Duke Energy Dan River Power Station into the Dan River in 2014. Watch it here: http://www.wset.com/story/29044906/researchers-out-at-dan-...
Dr. Johnny Waters and his students have been researching the soft tissue systems of fossils that are hundreds of millions of years old using advanced 3D imaging techniques. Read more: Students and geology professor research ancient marine animal
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Upcoming Events

Thursday, October 8
Hydraulic Fracturing in the United States, Especially in North Carolina
Dr. Sarah Carmichael
6-8 pm, Room 124C (College of Education Building)
part of the Science Seminar Series from the Appalachian Mathematics and Science Education Center

Friday, October 9
Jeff Rahl, Washington and Lee
4 pm, Rankin West 293

Friday, October 16
no seminar - fall break

Tuesday, October 20
How Geologists Reconstruct Paleoenvironments and Paleolandscapes
Dr. Cynthia Liutkus-Pierce
6-8 pm, Room 124C (College of Education Building)
part of the Science Seminar Series from the Appalachian Mathematics and Science Education Center

Friday, October 23
Eva Enkelmann, University of Cincinnati
4 pm, Rankin West 293
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Physical Address
Department of Geology
033 Rankin Science West
572 Rivers Street
Boone, NC 28608

Postal Address
Department of Geology
Appalachian State University
ASU Box 32067
Boone, NC 28608-2067

Phone: 828-262-3049
Fax: 828-262-6503

Dr. Bill Anderson

Anthony Love

Sarah Carmichael
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