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University of Northern Colorado
University of Northern Colorado

Bio, Publications

I primarily teach courses in dynamic meteorology, climate dynamics and global change. My classes focus on understanding climate and global change from an interdisciplinary perspective, and my students often find themselves using numerical models and large datasets to answer questions about climate. In the near future I hope to lead students on international immersive learning experiences and field excursions designed to promote understanding of science on a global scale and an appreciation of connections between humans and their environment.

Much of my past research has focused on paleoclimate modeling (in the Eocene and Cambrian). More recently, I have been interested in understanding best practices for science communication and factors that promote learning in climate science. I am also interested in understanding climate and weather in the tropical Andes, and am engaged in collaborative research with colleagues at la Universidad de Cuenca in Ecuador. This is an outgrowth of my sabbatical there in 2015.

Finally, I have a great interest in working with other faculty to develop new curricula and teaching strategies across all disciplines in the Earth Sciences (my particular focus is in meteorology and climate science, but discussions about effective teaching strategies are cross-disciplinary). I have extensive experience leading teaching workshops and seminars offered through the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT), and I served as the Editor for NAGT's quarterly magazine on teaching from 2013-2016. I would like to promote discussion of science teaching practices across international boundaries.

Selected Publications:
Córdova, M., Célleri, R., Shellito, C., Orellana, J., Abril, A., and G. Carrillo, in press. Using high-density monitoring to map daily temperature in the Andes of South Ecuador, Cajas National Park, Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research (November 2016).

Shellito, C., B. Walker, and C. Fadum, 2014. Climate of Change: Interactions and Feedbacks between Water, Air, and Ice. SERC InTeGrate Project (Curricular materials). Published online at:

Winguth, A., C. Shellito, C. Shields, and C. Winguth, 2010. Climate Response at the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum to Greenhouse Gas Forcing – A Model Study with CCSM3, Journal of Climate, 23, 2562-2584.

Shellito, C. J., J.F. Lamarque, and L.C. Sloan, 2009. Early Eocene Arctic Climate Sensitivity to pCO2 and Basin Geography, Geophysical Research Letters, 36, L09707, doi:10.1029/2009GL037248.