Elizabeth J Catlos

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 an 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 Department of 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. She teaches online classes in introductory geology for Soochow University International Programs (Taiwan), a joint program with Earlham College (Indiana).

Catlos’ research focuses on advancing and using petrochemical and geochemical techniques to explore lithosphere dynamics, specializing in accessory mineral geochronology and isotopic microanalysis. By integrating geochemical and geochronological data, she constructs models elucidating heat, mass, and fluid flow along significant fault systems, with a particular interest in 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 Geology and the Geology of National Parks courses, the Texas Exes Teaching Award for course in Earth Materials. She has received outstanding reviewer awards for Earth and Planetary Science Letters and the Geological Society of America Bulletin. She is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America.

Catlos was an elected councilor to the Geological Society of America and was the lead Program Chair for a South-Central Section Meeting of the society in Austin. She organized other memorable conferences, including the Harrington Symposium on Aegean Tectonics and a European Union-IN-TIME RISE: Workshop on Geochronology and Mars Exploration. She is an invited workshop organizer for the 36th Annual Himalayan-Karakoram-Tibet Workshop hosted in Poland (2024). Catlos is on the Editorial Board for the journals Episodes and All Earth (Geodinamica Acta). She is currently editing a three-part book series on compressional, extensional, and strike-slip tectonics for the American Geophysical Union. She has been the Lead Science Reviewer, served on Independent Review Teams for NASA, and participated as a reviewer on numerous funding agency panels and for international-based governmental funding organizations.

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.