Andrew B. Heckert
Department of Geology
Appalachian State University
ASU Box 32067
Boone, NC 28608-2607
Andrew Heckert earned a B.S. in Geology summa cum laude from
Denison University in 1993 before earning an M.S. (1997) and Ph.D. (2001) from
the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences at the University of New Mexico.
Subsequent to this he worked as the Geoscience Collections Manager at the New
Mexico Museum of Natural History (2002-2005) before taking his current post as
Assistant Professor in Geology and Director of the McKinney Geology Teaching
Museum at Appalachian State University.
interests revolve around Late Triassic stratigraphic, biostratigraphic, and
paleontologic issues, focusing primarily on microvertebrates, but he enjoys
ranging up and down the section, and has collected vertebrates ranging in age
from Devonian to Pleistocene, conducting field work across the American West and
now in his new home state of North Carolina. His Cretaceous experience involves
collecting microvertebrates and other fossil reptiles from the Upper Cretaceous
Menefee, Fruitland, and Kirtland formations in the San Juan Basin in New Mexico.
His teaching responsibilities include various introductory courses, a new course
titled “Evolution of the Earth,” an honors course on dinosaurs, and summer field
trip classes to the American Southwest.
Photo: Andrew Heckert
takes a break from stratigraphic and paleontologic work next to a stump of
Arizona’s state fossil, the Triassic tree Araucarioxylon.