Rowan Lockwood is chair of geology at the 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 2013, Princeton Review named her one of the top 300 professors in the United States, out of 42,000 total. 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).