Elizabeth J Catlos

Elizabeth J Catlos
Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Phone: +1 512 471 4762
Email: ejcatlos@jsg.utexas.edu
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Elizabeth Catlos joined the Dept. of Geological Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin as an Associate Professor in 2009. Before her appointment at UT, Catlos was at Oklahoma State University, where she had been on the faculty since 2001. She is also Affiliate Faculty for UT Austin's Center for Planetary Systems Habitability and Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies. She was a UT Austin Harrington Fellow from 2007-2008 and spent the 2008-2009 academic year as a Fulbright Scholar in the Dept. Geological Engineering at Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. In the summer of 2015, she was a visiting faculty member at UCLA and spent part of Fall 2017 as a Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professor at Heidelberg University, Germany. In the summer of 2022, she taught an online class in introductory geology for Soochow University International Programs, Taiwan.

Catlos' research interests are in developing and applying petrochemical and geochemical techniques to the study of lithosphere dynamics. She specializes in accessory mineral geochronology and developing techniques for isotopic microanalysis. She uses geochemical and geochronological data to create and constrain models for heat, mass, and fluid flow along major fault systems. In addition, she is interested in applying new approaches in mineral equilibria to estimate environmental conditions during dynamic recrystallization. She has published widely about how fault systems operate in the Himalayas, Slovakia, and Turkey and how mineral ages time significant events that occurred in the past. She has received funding for her research from the National Science Foundation's International and Tectonics Divisions.

Catlos has received multiple awards for her research, service, and teaching, including the Geological Society of America's Young Scientist Award (Donath Medal), the Carolyn G. and G. Moses Knebel Teaching Award for Introductory Course (GEO401), the Texas Exes Teaching Award, Outstanding Reviewer for Earth and Planetary Science Letters and Outstanding Reviewer for Geological Society of America Bulletin. She is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America.

Catlos was elected to the governing council of the Geological Society of America from 2013 to 2017 and was Program Chair for the South Central Section Meeting of the society in Austin in 2013. As a councilor, she was involved in setting policies in various areas, including publications, diversity, and public policy. She recently organized a European Union-IN-TIME RISE: Workshop on geochronology and Mars Exploration (2019).

In addition to her service to the GSA, Catlos has been an ad hoc reviewer for numerous publications, textbooks, and funding agencies. She is on the Editorial Board for the journals Episodes and All Earth (Geodinamica Acta). She is currently editing a three-part book series for the American Geophysical Union on compressional, extensional, and strike-slip tectonics. In addition, she has been Lead Science Reviewer, served on Independent Review Teams for NASA, and participated as a reviewer on numerous NASA panels.

At UT Austin, she serves as the Director of the Geomaterials Characterization and Imaging Facility (GeoMatCI) Facility. She also serves on numerous ad hoc departmental/school-wide committees. She is also involved in international programming on the UT Austin campus, having been involved in the Fulbright Alumni Association and interviewing students who apply for this and other study abroad programs.

Catlos has interests in promoting diversity in geosciences and involving undergraduates in geoscience research. She has been Lead Instructor for GeoFORCE, a Jackson School of Geosciences Education program that rewards outstanding students from select South Texas Independent School Districts and Houston schools from grades 8-12. In addition, she served as a lead PI on a National Science Foundation-International Research Experiences for Students program that provides undergraduate students underrepresented in the Earth Sciences an opportunity to conduct hands-on field training and laboratory-based research. She regularly tweets about issues facing women in STEM (@ElizabethCatlos).

Catlos received a Bachelor's degree from the University of California at San Diego, where she majored in Chemistry with a Specialization in Earth Science. She then earned a doctorate in Geochemistry from the University of California at Los Angeles. Immediately after, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.