Kate Huntington is a geologist and geochemist and the Endowed Professor for the College of the Environment in Earth Systems. She uses field-based, laboratory and numerical modeling to understand how tectonics, erosion and climate interact to shape Earth’s surface and crust. She uses the global laboratory to answer her queries, working primarily in the Himalaya-Tibet, western North America and the Andes mountains. By examining the geochemistry of minerals in soils, lake sediments and river sands, she can better understand how rivers and glaciers erode, how climate changes our landscape and how mountains and river gorges came to be. She has received a NSF CAREER Award and the prestigious Donath Medal (Young Scientist Award) from the Geological Society of America. She is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America and recently served on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee responsible for the decadal study of the Earth Sciences, “A Vision For NSF Earth Sciences 2020-2030: Earth in Time.”