• B.S., Cincinnati Bible College, 1974
  • B.A., Ohio State University, 1978
  • M.A. Program, Ohio State University
  • M.A., University of Southampton, England, 1981
  • Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1990
Areas of Interest

Professor Brush’s teaching and research interests have been multidisciplinary and focused on four disciplines: in Archaeology, the prehistoric utilization of rock shelters in the Killbuck Valley over the past 12,000 years, the impact of short-term climate change (Bond Events) on human cultures around the world over the past 4,000 years, and Late Prehistoric sites in the Walhonding Valley over the past 1,000 years; in Geology, mass extinction events and their causes, cyclic patterns in the geological record and their forcing agents, glacial landforms and Ice Age megafauna; in Environmental Studies, human impacts on the climate and environment in the past and present; in Theology, the science and religion debate.

My public service includes two organizations: In 1984, I was one of the founding directors and first curator of the Killbuck Valley Museum of Natural History that is now approaching its 40th year of operation, and in 2006, I was one of the founding directors of the Ashland/Wooster/ Columbus Archaeological and Geologic Consortium that now has over 100 members and volunteers.

Courses Taught
  • Introduction to Archaeology
  • Introduction to Anthropology
  • Archaeological Method and Theory
  • Archaeological Field School
  • Archaeology of Britain, Scotland & Ireland
  • Ohio Archaeology
  • Environmental Geology
  • Natural Disasters
  • Nigel Brush, Jarrod Burks, P. Nick Kardulias, Gregory Wiles, Jeffrey Dilyard, and James Morton, 2023, Late Prehistoric Sites in the Lower Walhonding Valley of Coshocton County, Ohio during a Warm and Cool Period.  Archaeology of Eastern North America.
  • Brush, Nigel, 2019, The Limitations of Theological Truth: Why Christians Have the Same Bible but Different Theologies. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications.
  • Brush, Nigel, Brian G. Redmond, P. Nick Kardulias, Gegory Wiles, Jarrod Burks, Haskel J. Greenfield, Richard W. Yerkes, H. Gregory McDonald, Karen L. Leone, Robet Hannan, Scott Donaldson, and Jeffrey Dilyard, 2018, Description of an American Mastodon (Mammut Americanum) Site in Morrow County, Ohio, and Assessment of Evidence for Early Paleoindian Exploitation.  Archaeology of Eastern North America 46:215-240.
  • Nigel Brush, Jeff Dilyard, Jarrod Burks, P. Nick Kardulias, and James Morton, 2014,
  • The Crawford Site: A Late Prehistoric Storage Site along the Walhonding River in Central Coshocton County.  Archaeology of Eastern North America 43:133-162.
    • Nick Kardulias, David Taggart, Brittany Rancour, Nigel Brush, Roger Rowe, and Gregory Wiles, 2014, A Small Prehistoric Mound Group (33-WE-3) in Wayne County, Northeast Ohio. Pennsylvania Archaeologist 84(1):62-75
  • Brush, Nigel and P. Nick Kardulias, 2014, The Walhonding Valley Late Prehistoric Site Project: The Analysis of Flotation Samples from the Crawford and Tri-Mac/Olinger Sites in Coshocton County, Ohio.  Current Research in Ohio Archaeology 2014, http://www.ohioarchaeology.org/joomla/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=425&Itemid=32
  • Brush, Nigel, 2011, Dark Ages and Little Ice Ages: Millennial Scale Climate Change and Human History.  In My Father’s World: Celebrating the Life of Reuben G. Bullard, edited by John D. Wineland, Mark Ziese, and James Riley Estep Jr..  Wipf & Stock, Eugene, OR.
  • Brush, Nigel, P. Nick Kardulias, and Scott Donaldson, 2010, The Facts and Fictions of Rockshelter Function.  North American Archaeologist 31(3-4): 305-332.
  • Brush, Nigel, Jeffrey L. Dilyard, and David W. Reed, 2010, The Large Rockshelter: A Crowfield Fluted-Point Site in Coshocton County, Ohio.  Current Research in the Pleistocene (27:69-72).
  • Brush, Nigel, 2006, Killbuck Valley: Holmes and Coshocton Counties, Ohio.  In Caves and
  • Culture: 10,000 Years of Ohio History, edited by Linda B. Spurlock, Olaf H. Prufer and Thomas R. Pigott.  Kent State University Press, Kent, OH.
  • Brush, Nigel, 2006, An Imperfect Equation: Why Absolute Truth Cannot Be Defined.  Science & Theology News 6(7):34-35.
  • Brush, Nigel, 2005, The Limitations of Scientific Truth: Why Science Can’t Answer Life’s Ultimate Questions.  Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications.
  • Brush, Nigel, 2005, The Cullison Site: A Protohistoric Village in Northeastern Ohio.  Archaeology of Eastern North America 33:79-103.
  • Brush, Nigel and Jeff Dilyard, 2005, The Warsaw Warrior: A Petroglyph of the Enemy?  Pennsylvania Archaeologist 75(1):62-72.
  • Fossil crinoid, Cusacrinus brushi, named to honor my teaching and fieldwork in geology and archaeology – 2023 – Journal of Paleontology
  • Professor Emeritus of Geology, Ashland University – 2022 – Ashland, Ohio
  • Ohio Historic Preservation Office Public Awareness Award: For “Walhonding Valley Late Prehistoric Sites Project (1990-2016) – 2016 – Columbus, Ohio.
  • Mary Harris Prize: For Non-Fiction Writing Relating to the Coshocton Frontier – 2015 –
  • Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum, Roscoe Village, Ohio
  • Honorary Lifetime Membership – 2003 – Holmes County Historical Society
  • Honorary Lifetime Membership – 1996 – Killbuck Valley Historical Society, Ohio
  • Founder’s Award – 1995 – Board of Directors, Killbuck Valley Museum, Killbuck, Ohio
  • Honorary Lifetime Membership – 1990 – Sugar Creek Archaeological Society, Ohio
  • Citizen of the Year – 1988 – Killbuck Early American Days Committee, Killbuck, Ohio