Date: Monday, Nov. 13

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: Holiday Inn, Bozeman

In the last 30 years, the western U.S. has experienced several severe fire events, starting with the 1988 fires in Yellowstone. Are these fires unprecedented or are they “business as usual?” Paleoecologist Cathy Whitlock will explore this and related topics as she chronicles the environmental history of the Greater Yellowstone region over the past 15,000 years.

Whitlock CathyInstructor: Cathy Whitlock is Professor of Earth Sciences at MSU. She is recognized nationally and internationally for her leadership and scholarly contributions in the field of long-term environmental change. She has published over 180 scientific papers on this topic. While her research has taken her to every continent, the secrets of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem are a continual source of inspiration and fascination for Cathy and her students.


MSU Wonderlust is a high-quality community resource for lifelong learning for the Bozeman area.  Here is university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects, some multi-week courses, some one-off events.  These offerings come free of homework, exams, or papers: The MSU Wonderlust experience is just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It's also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.

The Winter/Spring offerings begin with a reception at the Pilgrim Congregational Church from 4 to 6pm.  It's a chance to meet with the course instructors and side-trip presenters; find out more about their plans.  

Gerry Wheeler, President of Friends of Wonderlust