John Whitmore

John Whitmore, Ph.D.

Senior Professor of Geology


Before coming to Cedarville University in 1991, Dr. John Whitmore taught high school science and math and spent a summer working for the United States Geological Survey. Dr. Whitmore serves on the board of the Creation Geology Society and is a member of the Creation Research Society and the Geological Society of America (GSA). His publications include many GSA abstracts, journal articles, book chapters, popular articles, and an adventure book titled The Great Alaskan Dinosaur Adventure. He is co-author of The Heavens and the Earth, a college-level earth science textbook. He speaks internationally on the topics of Creation, geology, and Noah’s Flood and has led many trips in the Grand Canyon with Answers in Genesis and Canyon Ministries.

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D. in Biology with Paleontology emphasis, Loma Linda University
  • M.S. in Geology, Institute for Creation Research
  • B.S. in Geology, Kent State University

Scholarly Works

  • Experimental Fish Taphonomy with a Comparison to Fossil Fishes (John Whitmore) Faculty Dissertations (2003)
  • The Heavens and The Earth: Excursions in Earth and Space Science (Marcus Ross, John Whitmore, Steven M. Gollmer, et al.) Faculty Books (2015)
  • The Coconino Sandstone (Permian, Arizona, USA): Implications for the origin of ancient cross-bedded sandstones (John H. Whitmore and Paul A Garner) 
  • Preliminary Assessment of the Petrology of the Hopeman Sandstone (Permo-Triassic), Moray Firth Basin, Scotland (Sarah A. Maithel, Paul A. Garner and John Whitmore) Scottish Journal of Geology (2015)
  • Rounding of Quartz and K-Feldspar Sand From Beach to Dune Settings Along the California and Oregon Coastlines: Implications for Ancient Sandstones (John H. Whitmore and Raymond Strom) Answers Research Journal (2017)
View a listing of scholarly works in the Cedarville University Digital Commons »


  • Creation science and origins
  • Grand Canyon geology
  • Coconino Sandstone
  • Fossil fish taphonomy
  • Flood/post-Flood boundary
  • Paleontology
  • Woodworking
  • Outdoor activities

Eruption of the Kilauea Volcano

Dr. John Whitmore discusses the Kilauea volcano, lava, and fissures.