Norm Catto

Department Head, Geography   Memorial University of       Newfoundland
St. John's, NL
A1B 3X9

Office: SN 2012A
Tel: (709) 864-7417
Fax: (709) 864-3119



Climate & Environmental Change

Health & Well-being

I have lived in St. John’s since I joined Memorial University in July, 1989. My research and teaching interests include natural hazards and risk assessment; coastal landforms, erosion, and sea level change; and the impacts of climate and weather events on marine communities, transportation, infrastructure, fisheries, agriculture, and tourism. My work has included projects and investigations in environments in Europe, Russia, the Dominican Republic, Argentina, South Korea, and throughout Canada. I have written two textbooks, one on Natural Hazards in Canada, and another focused on Canadian landforms and associated hazards.


B. Sc. Hons., Geological Sciences, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario (April 1978)
M. Sc., Geology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta (April 1981)
Ph.D., Geology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta (February 1986)
NSERC Postdoc. Fellowship, University of Stockholm, Sweden (1986-1987)

Select Publications

2015 Catto, NR. Geomorphology: Landscapes we live in. Oxford University Press, Canada.

2015 Catto, NR. Quaternary Research Across the Americas. Quaternary International, 377.

2015 Catto, NR. Quaternary Studies from New Zealand to Southern Asia. Quaternary International, 374.

2015 Catto, NR. Quaternary Investigations from Antarctica across South America to the North Atlantic. Quaternary International 352.

2015 De Beer J, Seither AM, Catto, NR. Groundwater and Cultural Heritage. Quaternary International, 368.

2015 Erbajeva M, Xiao J, Kumai H, Catto NR. Advances in the Quaternary of Interior Asia. Quaternary International 355.

2015 Radan S, Panin N, Catto NR, Radan, S-C. Correlations of Quaternary Fluvial, Eolian, Deltaic, and Marine Sequences: SEQS 2013. Quaternary International 357.

2015 Satkunas J, Johannson P, Catto NR. Palaeolandscapes from Saalian to Weichselian: INQUA TERPRO Comission, Peribaltic International Field Symposium, Lithuania. Quaternary International, 386.

2015 Yi S, Hyun S, Catto, NR. Quaternary Studies in Korea III. Quaternary International, 384.

2014 Catto, NR. Quaternary Research in Eastern and central Eurasia: Geoarchaeology, Glaciation, Geomorphology, and Natural Hazards. Quaternary International, 321.

2014 Chen M-T, Lui Z, Catto, NR. Quaternary of East Asia and the Western Pacific: Part 2. Quaternary International 349.

2014 Chen M-T, Lui Z, Catto, NR. Quaternary of East Asia and the Western Pacific: A regional to global perspective: Part 1. Quaternary International 333.
2014 Galop D, Catto NR. Environmental History of European High Mountains. Quaternary International 353.

2014 Yi S, Hyun S, Catto NR. Quaternary Studies in Korea II. Quaternary International 344.

2013 Catto, NR. Quaternary in South America: Recent Research Initiatives. Quaternary International, 317.

2013 Longo L, Catto NR. Middle to Upper Palaeolithic Biological and Cultural Shift in Eurasia II. Quaternary International 316.

2013 Faust D, Zielhofer C, Catto, NR. Terrestrial Archives of the Mediterranean. Quaternary International, 302.

2013 Catto, NR. Zanzibar to the Yellow Sea: A transect of Quaternary Studies from 6°S, 39°E to 35°N, 127°E. Quaternary International, 298.

2013 Jary Z, Catto NR, Smalley IJ, Zöller L, Markovic, SB. Closing the Gap: North Carpathian Loess traverse in the Eurasian Loess Belt. Quaternary International, 296.

2013 Coltorti M, Westerhoff W, Catto, N.R. Pan-European Correlations in Quaternary Stratigraphy: SEQS 2011, INQUA Congress, Bern. Quaternary International 292.

2013 Catto, N.R. Climate and Vegetation Dynamics, eastern Asia. Quaternary International, 286.

2013 Catto, N.R., Tomblin, S. Hazards, Responses, and Emergency Measures Planning: the Newfoundland & Labrador Perspective. In Henstra D, eds., Multilevel Governance and Emergency Management. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 91-133.

2013 Catto N, Thompson-Graham S, Vodden K. Atlantic Canada. In Tremblay R, Chicoine H, eds., The Geographies of Canada, PIE Peter Lang, 187-252.

2012 Catto, N.R. Natural Hazard and Vulnerability Assessment in Atlantic Canada: Review, Progress, and Challenges. In Haque CE, Etkin, D., ed., Disaster Risk and Vulnerability. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 235-274.

2012 Catto, NR. Environmental Dynamics and Sedimentological Response. Quaternary International, 250.

2012 Catto NR, Catto G. Landscape response to human impact in coastal Newfoundland, Canada: 29,000 km of “untouched” coastline. Landscape Archaeology Conference, LAC 2012, Topoi, special volume 3, 225-227.

2012 Yanko-Hombach V, Panin N, Filipova-Marinova M, Catto, NR. IGCP 521: Black Sea- Mediterranean Corridors during the last 30 ka: Sea level change and human adaptive strategies, selected papers. Quaternary International, 261.


Department of Geography

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000