Among Appalachian State University’s top researchers is geologist Dr. Ellen Cowan. She was among a select, international group of scientists who drilled the Antarctic sea floor for indications of how global warming affected our planet in the past. In the ANDRILL project, she and her colleagues collected core samples dating back 10 million years and have studied the cores to predict change related to today's global warming.
More recently, the geology professor has been part of an international team of scientists studying climate change and earth systems in the Gulf of Alaska. Their work with the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program is supported in part by the National Science Foundation.
Dr. Cowan is a member of Appalachian’s College of Arts and Sciences Academy of Outstanding Teachers.