Dr. Rowan Lockwood is professor of geology at the College of William & Mary, where she joined the faculty in 2001. Lockwood is an internationally recognized paleobiologist who uses data from the fossil record to predict how modern marine animals will respond to future environmental changes, including global warming. She has published in numerous leading journals including Science and Nature. Recently, Lockwood became a pioneer in the burgeoning field of conservation paleobiology, using information on fossil organisms to restore endangered ecosystems.
In her 17 years at William & Mary, Lockwood has taught more than 3,650 undergraduates. In 2013, Princeton Review named her one of the top 300 professors in the United States, out of 42,000 total. Lockwood excels in making science accessible to introductory students and actively collaborating with undergraduate researchers, focusing particularly on women and under-represented minorities. Her dedication in the classroom has been recognized with multiple teaching awards, including the Thomas Jefferson Award (2009), the Advisor of the Year Award (2005) and a Plumeri Award (2015).
As faculty director of academic advising from 2012-14, she directed the first review of the program in 23 years, substantially increased the number of faculty serving as advisors, wrote the first mission statement, and recruited the university president, provost and dean to serve as advisors. As chair of the Women's Network from 2011-16, Lockwood revitalized the organization and redefined it to include all faculty and staff. In her role as chair of the education and outreach for sustainability committee from 2008-10, she oversaw 60 students, staff and volunteers to establish a compost program, lobby the university to re-establish campus recycling and save the college $80,000 annually on trash contracts.