Energy Research at the University of Washington

Katharine W. Huntington

Energy Research Area: Core research supports energy generation (i.e., Earth processes that influence hydrocarbon formation and geothermal energy) and impacts (i.e., paleoclimate).

Assistant Professor
College of the Environment
Earth and Space Sciences

Prof. Huntington’s geology research investigates the interactions of deformational, thermal, and surface processes that shape mountain systems and landscapes. She combines field observations from the Himalaya, Andes, and western US with cutting-edge geochemical techniques to study sedimentary processes, the thermal history of Earth’s crust, and ancient climate. Insights from basic research into erosion, sedimentation, and the temperature history of the shallow crust can be applied to the development of hydrocarbon and geothermal resources. Quantitative knowledge of the magnitude of past climate change informs our understanding of the potential climate impacts of human energy use.

Record last updated on November 28th 2011 PDT.