Dr. Catherine Gehring headshot

Other Appointments

Associate Chair & Director of Graduate Studies, Biological Sciences
Lucking Professor
Northern Arizona University

Contact Information

Call: (928) 523-9158

Email: Catherine.Gehring@nau.edu

Catherine A. Gehring, Ph.D.

Center for Adaptable Western Landscapes


Catherine “Kitty” Gehring is co-director of the Center for Adaptable Western Landscapes and the Lucking Family Professor, Department of Biological Sciences. Her research interests are plant-associated fungi and their influence on plant populations and communities and ecosystems in basic and applied contexts. She has authored or co-authored 116 peer-reviewed publications. Additionally, she has mentored three postdoctoral research associates, 21 graduate students, and more than 69 undergraduate students in the Gehring Lab. Kitty is a Ecological Society of America Fellow and has served as the John and Pit Lucking Family Professor since 2018.


  1. December 1991

    Ph.D., Biology

    Northern Arizona University
  2. November 1985


    Indiana University
  3. May 1983


    Colorado State University

Professional Experience

  1. 2020-present
    Co-director, Center for Adaptable Western Landscapes
    Northern Arizona University
  2. 2019-present
    Associate Chair and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Biological Sciences
    Northern Arizona University
  3. 2018-present
    Lucking Family Professor
    Northern Arizona University
  4. 2016-2020
    Co-executive Director, Merriam-Powell Center for Environemental Research
    Northern Arizona University


  • 2019
    Frances B. McAllister Award for Conservation and Education
    The Arboretum at Flagstaff
  • 2018
    John and Pit Lucking Family Professorship
    Northern Arizona University
  • 2016
    Ecological Society of America