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.

His research 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.