Dr. Bier is a field geologist with interests in tectonics, structural geology, petrology, environmental geology, and science education. Her research locations have included the South Mountains of North Carolina and the Alaska Range and Talkeetna Mountains of Alaska. She was a park ranger at Lava Beds National Monument and has taught field camp in the Canadian Cordillera and in the western U.S. (Idaho, Montana, and Utah). Since arriving at Emory & Henry, she has taught Physical Geology and Environmental Geology, which are both field-intensive courses.


  • Kinematics of the collision of the Wrangellia composite terrane in south-central Alaska

Educational Background

  • B.S., Juniata College
  • M.S., The University of Tennessee
  • Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University