Habte G. Churnet

UC Foundation Professor of Geology
Head of the Department of Physics, Geology, and Astronomy

Department of Physics, Geology, and Astronomy
615 McCallie Avenue, MC 6556
Chattanooga,TN 37403-2598
Room: Grote 218B
Telephone: 423-425-4407
Fax: 423-425-4423
E-mail: habte-churnet@utc.edu


Churnet's expertise lies in petrogenesis and the application of geologic principles to the understanding of the geology of southeastern USA. His contributions include studies of sedimentary rocks and carbonate-hosted metallic deposits of East Tennessee, paleoclimate of southeastern USA as deduced from chert, and tectonism in that same region.  He is active in guiding students to field examinations of the geology of the desert southwest, Costa Rica in the beginning of summers of alternate years, and southeastern USA during regular semesters. Since 1980 his work includes administration, teaching, and research at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. His previous work experience includes summer employment by Anaconda Copper Company stationed in Charlottesville, Virginia, Gulf Oil Company of Ethiopia stationed at Asmara, and by the Ethiopian Geological survey mapping in the vicinity of Adigrat.


BSc: Geology, Haile Sellasie University, AA, Ethiopia, 1969
MS: Geophysics, Leeds University, United Kingdom, 1972
PhD: Geology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1979