Catherine A. Forster

Cathy Foster

Catherine A. Forster

Program Director and Undergraduate Advisor

School: Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

Department: Geological Sciences Program


Office Phone: 202-994-1008

Areas of Expertise

Vertebrate Paleontology, Evolution of Ornithischian Dinosaurs

Current Research

Discovery and collection of Mesozoic age vertebrates, primarily dinosaurs, with field programs in China, Madagascar, and South Africa. Primary description and phylogenetic analysis of dinosaur taxa.  My current work focuses on ornithischian dinosaurs, particularly the Ornithopoda. I have also worked with theropod (including birds) and sauropod dinosaurs, as well as non-dinosaurian taxa such as turtles, cynodonts, and crocodilians.


Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Classes Taught

  • Historical Geology
  • Sedimentation and Stratigraphy
  • History of Life