Global Learning - at home and in the field

Geology is - by its very nature - a global science.  

Appalachian Geology faculty and students travel all over the world for research, international coursework, and scientific collaboration.  We have been to every continent (including Antarctica) and have worked from the tops of mountains to the bottom of the ocean.  Many of our faculty even do research involving other planets.  

There is no place we won't go!  Click here to see an interactive map of faculty and student research sites.

Nearly all Appalachian Geology faculty have a strong field component to their research, and all faculty involve students in their work.  Most faculty do international research (some even do interplanetary research!).  


Who What Where
Dr. Bill Anderson
Professor & Chair
Hydrogeology North Carolina, England
Dr. Sarah Carmichael
Associate Professor
Fluid-Rock Geochemistry, Biomineralogy, Geochemistry of Mass Extinctions China, Mongolia,
southern Appalachians, Tanzania, 
9N East Pacific Rise, Italy
Dr. Gabriele Casale 
Assistant Professor
Structural Geology Italy, the Balkan Peninsula, southern Appalachians
Dr. Ellen Cowan
Sedimentary Record of Climate Change, Geoarchaeology, Geomorphology Alaska, Antarctica, North Carolina
Dr. Chuanhui Gu
Associate Professor
Environmental Hydrology, Catchment Biogeochemistry Virginia, California, North Carolina
Dr. Steve Hageman
Invertebrate Paleontology, Paleoecology Australia, Scotland, the Adriatic Seaway, southern Appalachians
Dr. Andrew Heckert
Vertebrate Paleontology, Dinosaurs American Southwest, North Carolina, Argentina
Dr. Jamie Levine
Assistant Professor
Tectonics, Metamorphic Petrology, Structural Geology Colorado, Australia, North Carolina
Dr. Cynthia Liutkus
Associate Professor
Sedimentology, Paleoecology  Tanzania, Kenya, Namibia, Nevada, Virginia
Dr. Scott Marshall
Associate Professor
Geophysics and Structural Geology California, Nevada
Dr. Johnny Waters
Invertebrate Paleontology China, Mongolia, Timor, 
Austria, Germany, Romania, USA
Crystal Wilson
Tectonics Southern Appalachians
Brian Zimmer
Volcanology Mexico, Japan, East Africa