Ellen A. Cowan

Type: 
Faculty
Position: 
Professor: Sedimentary record of climate change, Geoarchaeology, Geomorphology
Phone: 
828-262-2260

Dr. Cowan joined the Appalachian faculty in 1988. She teaches a variety of introductory and advanced classes, including Introduction to Physical Geology, Oceanography, Geomorphology, and Geoarchaeology, but does research in glacial-marine sedimentology and in sediment transport of coal ash in the Clinch and Emory Rivers from the TVA Kingston ash spill.  She spends her summers documenting modern glacial sedimentation associated with tidewater glaciers in the fjords of southeastern Alaska. During her last three cruises, she included three students (each year) in various aspects of her research projects. Dr. Cowan collaborates with a number of other workers, including some from the U.S. Geological Survey and Northern Illinois University. Dr. Cowan's future plans involve an extension of her work into ancient glacial deposits exposed in Canada. Dr. Cowan is a member of Appalachian's College of Arts and Sciences Academy of Outstanding Teachers and won the 1999 Don Sink Outstanding Scholar Award.

Education

  • B.A. Albion College
  • M.S. Northern Illinois University
  • Ph.D. Northern Illinois University

Courses Taught

  • GLY 1101 - Introduction to Physical Geology
  • GLY 1105 - Oceanography
  • GLY 3333 - Geomorphology
  • GLY 3680 - Geoarchaeology

Contact

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

Department Email Address
earth_env_sci@appstate.edu

Chairperson:
Dr. Bill Anderson
andersonwp@appstate.edu

Ask-A-Geologist:
Anthony Love
loveab@appstate.edu

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