Department News


Geosciences Department Faculty Member Dr. Blaine Schubert to be featured in BBC Documentary
Dr. Blaine Schubert, Director of the Don Sundquist Center for Excellence in Paleontology, will be appearing in a BBC Documentary on Ice Age Fossils. Dr. Schubert has worked in Saltville, VA at the Ice Age Fossil Site since 2008. The program will air on the Discovery Channel within a year and a half. This filming was featured in the June 10, 2012, publication of the Johnson City Press. To read the full article, click here. Local News Channel WJHL also covered the documentary filming on their website,, on June 10, 2012. To access the video and read their full article, click here.

Dr. Mick Whitelaw Assists Students Enrolled in STEM Camp with Fossil Casting
Dr. Mick Whitelaw, Associate Professor and Assistant Chair of the Department of Geosciences, spends a great deal of time participating in Community Outreach, traveling to schools in our local school districts and teaching them about fossils. On July 11, 2012, Dr. Whitelaw had the privilege of working with students at Bluff City Elementary School through their STEM Camp, a two-week camp focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Dr. Whitelaw's participation in this student camp was featured in an article on, on July 12, 2012. To read the full article, click here.


tree Independent Study Students Produce a Detailed Map of Arboretum Trees on ETSU Campus
Geosciences Department students Jeff Hyder and Glenn Fisher recently finished an independent study mapping the Arboretum Trees on ETSU's Campus. Using ARC GIS, these students were able to map the trees on campus through the interactive program. Using online access, this map can be viewed and by clicking on one of the orange dots on the map, representing a tree, a viewer can access information about individual trees, such as species, height, diamater, overall health, and a picture of the tree. To access this map, click here.


E arth Day
On April 23, 2012, the Geosciences Department and Geosciences Club hosted an Earth Day Cookout. We served free hamburgers, veggie burgers, and hotdogs, using frisbees instead of plates to promote the reuse of products.

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Second Red Panda Uncovered at Gray Fossil Site
A second Red Panda skeleton has been discovered at the Gray Fossil Site. Site diggers were looking for a tortise that had previously been discovered when they uncovered another Red Panda. This discovery was featured in the May 25, 2012, publication of the Johnson City Press. To read the full article, click here.

Saltville Dr. Blaine Schubert Digging with Team in Saltville, VA
Dr. Blaine Schubert, Director of the ETSU Center for Excellence in Paleontology and Director of the Gray Fossil Site, is conducting a dig in Saltville, VA, once again. Finding fossils such as a bear jaw bone, woolly mammoths, mastodons, musk oxen, and caribou, Dr. Schubert and his team have their work cut out for them this year. Featured on on June 12, 2013. To read the full article, click here.