Howard Conway is a glaciologist who studies the effects of the behaviors of snow and ice masses, both on society and the environment. On the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, he studies whether the present-day rapid shifts in the ice sheet are simply short-term, natural changes, or indicative of the sheet’s imminent collapse. (Also, the Conway Ice Ridge there is named after him.) In Olympic National Park on the Washington coast, he studies climate-glacier interactions with an eye to using the glacial record to interpret historical climate patterns, comparing his findings with those from colleagues working in Scandinavia and the Himalayas. He also works on avalanches, trying to figure out ways to better predict their timing, size, and potential impacts.