Faculty and Staff


Eileen 2012

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  Eileen Ernenwein

  Assistant Professor

327 Ross Hall 

Classes Taught: Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing, Applied Geospatial Science, and Near-Surface Geophysics

Research Interests:  Dr. Ernenwein's research focuses on near surface geophysics, archaeological geophysics and GIS for locating buried archaeological and geological features and understanding human spatial behavior. She has extensive experience with ground-penetrating radar, electromagnetic induction, magnetometry, and electrical resistance. She has conducted geophysical surveys and archaeological investigations in Jordan, Portugal, and Bolivia, China, Botswana, and throughout North America.She has conducted near-surface geophysical surveys in the Middle East, Europe, China, Africa, South America, and throughout North America.

Other Affiliations: Research Associate, Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies, University of Arkansas (http://goo.gl/wyzlp); Director of Research, Foxfire Geophysics (http://foxfiregeophysics.com/)


Gregg 2012

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Chris Gregg


303 Ross Hall

Classes Taught: Physical Geology, Petrology, Volcanology, Natural Hazards and Society

Research Interests/Thesis Topics: PhD Dissertation Title: "Natural Hazards in the Hawaiian Islands: Some studies of awareness, risk perceptions and preparedness."

Research Interests: physical volcanology, volcano hazard assessment, geological risk assessment and risk management, early warning systems

Other Affiliations: Adjunct Graduate Faculty, Department of Public Health, East Tennessee State University, Co-Responsible, Risk Management Module: Center for study of Geological and Climate Risk (CERG-C), the University of Geneva, Switzerland, Affiliate Graduate Faculty, Department of Geology & Geophysics, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, Research Affiliate, Joint Centre for Disaster Research, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand


Gunter 2012

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Charles Gunter

Associate Professor


310 Ross Hall

Teaching Interests: Cultural Geography, Appalachia, Regional Geography (Africa and Latin America)

Research Interests: Bible Geography, Appalachia, Geography of Sports


Jennings 2012

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David Jennings


307 Ross Hall

Classes Taught: Cultural Geography, World Regional Geography, Earth Science: Weather & Climate, Earth Science: Landforms & Processes, Meteorology & Climatology, Regional Geography - Oceania; Mediterranean; North America; Tennessee

Research Interests/Thesis Topics: Climate change, global dimming, & other human impacts on the environment, meteorological hazards (i.e., hurricanes and tornadoes).

Other Affiliations: Association of American Geographers (AAG), American Meteorological Society (AMS), Tennessee Geographic Alliance, American Geophysical Union (AGU), National Council for Geographic Education, Gamma Theta Upsilon Geographic Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society



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Andrew Joyner

Assistant Professor

308 Ross Hall

Classes Taught: GIS/Cartography, Statistics for Geosciences (Spatial Stats), GIS Projects (future), Advanced GIS (future), Ecological Modeling (future)

Research Interests: Climatology, Cartography, Geohazards, GIS/Remote Sensing, Open Source Modeling/Mapping, Medical Geography, Spatial Epidemiology, Biogeography, Habitat Modeling

Other Affiliations: American Association of Geographers (AAG)



Luffman 2012

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Ingrid Luffman


304 Ross Hall

Classes Taught: Earth Science: Weather and Climate, Earth Science: Landforms and Processes, Geomorphology

Research Interests/Thesis Topic: Watershed dynamics, Fluvial geomorphology, Quantitative methods, Geospatial statistics, Spatial epidemiology

Other Affiliations:Adjunct Faculty, King College, Bristol, TN


Mead 2012

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Jim I. Mead

Professor and Chair

306 Ross Hall

Classes Taught: GEOL 1040 (Exploring Geology), GEOS 5000 (Geosciences Research Methods), GEOS  5200 (Topics in Paleontology), GEOS 5700 (Seminar in Geosciences)

Research Interests: Neogene squamates (lizards and snakes) of North America and Australia; squamate skeletal morphology; Pleistocene of the arid Intermountain West including Sonora, Mexico; evolution of North American bovids.

Thesis topics of graduate students: Neogene anurans, salamanders, turtles, lizards, and snakes;  Paleogene lizards; Pleistocene bovids; squamate skeletal morphology.

Other Affiliations: Research Associate, Western Australian Museum, Perth; Curator Associate, ETSU Natural History Museum; Curator, ETSU Vertebrate Paleontology Lab (Dept. Geosciences); Director, ETSU Southern Appalachian – Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit


Nandi 2012

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Arpita Nandi

Associate Professor, Undergraduate Coordinator

309 Ross Hall

Classes Taught: Exploring Geology (GEOL 1040), Earth Materials (GEOL 2000),Soil Geosciences (GEOG 4200), and Engineering Geology (GEOS 5587/4587).

Research Interests: Dr. Nandi's research involves landslide hazard mapping and mitigation using geospatial analysis, soil mechanics, physico-chemical behavior of soil, soil erosion studies, rock slope instability analysis, and weak rock geotechnical properties.

Student Research topics: Landslide hazard mapping using GIS; Shale geotechnical, mineralogical and thermal properties analysis; Soil erosion, mechanics, erosion and climatic behavior; Soil chemistry and conservation.

Other Affiliations: Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists, Holston Branch American Society for Civil Engineers, Indian Science Congress, Mining, Geological and Metallurgical Institute of India.



Julie Blevins


  Julie Blevins

Executive Aide

322 Ross Hall



Blaine 2012

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Blaine W. Schubert

Associate Professor, Director, Center of Excellence in Paleontology

305 Ross Hall

Classes Taught: Life Through Time, Paleobiology; Paleoherpetology

Research Interests/Thesis Topic:  Paleobiology and Evolution of late Cenozoic reptiles and mammals

Other Affiliations: Research Associate, Museo de la Plata, Argentina


Wally 2012

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Steven C. Wallace

Professor,  Graduate Coordinator

325 Ross Hall

Classes Taught: Life through time;  Vertebrate Paleontology; Geosciences Research Methods; Paleomammology; Statistics for Geosciences;Topics in Paleontology; Seminar in Geosciences

Research Interests/Thesis Topic: Methods - Morphometrics, cladistics (systematics), and functional morphology. Groups - Mostly musteloids, but also some work with felids (cats), tapirs, rhinoceroses.

Other Affiliations: Adjunct professor Department of Biological Sciences, ETSU; Society of Vertebrate Paleontology; American Society of Mammalogists; Mountain Empire Grotto; Don Sundquist Center for Excellence in Paleontoogy


Whitelaw 2012

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Michael J. Whitelaw


326 Ross Hall

Classes Taught:  Exploring Geology, Geologic Evolution of North America, Geology Field Methods, Subsurface Geology, Geosciences Field Camp, Sedimentation and Stratigraphy, Structural Geology, Plate Tectonics

Research Interests/Thesis Topics:  Stratigraphy, East Tennessee Regional Geology

 Other Affiliations: Center of Excellence in Paleontology

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