Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education


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Cathy Whitlock
Regents Professor Emerita of Earth Sciences
Montana State University
Leon Johnson Hall 710
Bozeman, MT 59717

Committee term end date: December 31, 2024

Dr. Cathy Whitlock is a Regents Professor Emerita of Earth Sciences at Montana State University and a Fellow of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems. Her research interests focus on long-term climate and environmental change, and she has spent the last 40 years studying the ecological history of the northern Rockies as well as comparable mountainous landscapes in New Zealand, Tasmania, Europe, and Patagonia. Dr. Whitlock has co-authored over 225 scientific publications and trained over 40 graduate students and post-docs in her field. She is also the lead author of regional climate assessments that explain the consequences of climate change in Montana and Greater Yellowstone. Dr. Whitlock is a fellow of GSA and AAAS and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. She was awarded the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Technology Pioneer Award (2014), the AWG Professional Excellence Award (2015),  the AMQUA Distinguished Career Award (2017), and the A. Starker Leopold Award from Yellowstone National Park (2022).