Katharine Huntington (née Ruhl)
Endowed Professor for the College of the Environment in Earth Systems
Fax: 206-543-0489 (shared)
Interests: Geology & Geochemistry. Tectonics, erosion, surface processes, paleotopography, paleoclimate. Clumped isotopes, thermo- and geochronology, thermo-kinematic and hydraulic modeling
Research Groups: Climate and Paleoclimate, Sedimentology/Stratigraphy/Sedimentary Petrology, Structural Geology, Tectonics and Geodynamics, Geomorphology, Geochemistry-IsoLab
Ph.D. : Geology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006
BS : Geological Sciences and Economics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2001
I study the interactions of tectonics, landscapes and climate, and how the evolution of Earth's surface and shallow crust both reflect and record these interactions through time and today. The research tools I use and develop draw from the fields of regional tectonics, structural geology, geomorphology, sedimentology and geochemistry, and include field, laboratory and numerical modeling approaches. Much of my work relies on clumped isotope thermometry of carbonates and on detrital geo- and thermochronology of modern and ancient river sediments. Together, they shed light on erosion, surface processes, crustal fluid and heat transport, and the elevation and climate history of Earth's surface. My favorite natural laboratories include the Himalaya-Tibet, western North America and the Andes.
Visit http://faculty.washington.edu/kate1 to read more about projects and opportunities in my lab.