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Cathy Whitlock

Montana State University Director
Cathy Whitlock

Dr. Cathy Whitlock is a Professor of Earth Sciences at Montana State University and has built a successful research and teaching program as well as involvement in the MSU Paleoecology Lab. She is also the Director of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems (IoE) and Lead Investigator on the NSF Wildfire Partnership in Research and Education (Wildfire PIRE) project.  Her research interests include Quaternary climate change, environmental history of the Northern Rockies and Yellowstone, the role of people and climate change in shaping fire regimes in the western US, Patagonia, Tasmania, and New Zealand, as well as the use of science to inform management and decision making. Cathy also currently sits on national and an international advisory committee concerned with climate change and has published over 150 reviewed journal articles. Cathy received her Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from the University of Washington.