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Department of Geosciences

Kat Huybers

Visiting Assistant Professor of Geosciences

Kat Huybers
  • Professional
  • Personal


  • Ph.D., Earth and Space Sciences, University of Washington, 2014
  • M.S., Geophysics, University of Washington, 2007
  • B.S. Magna Cum Laude, Mathematics, University of San Francisco, 2003

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Climate Change and Variability
  • Glacier Dynamics and Polar Processes
  • Environmental Studies

Selected Presentations

  • American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, The global and local climatic response to the collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet - Huybers, K., Frierson, D., Steig, E., Singh, H., Steiger, N., and Bitz, C., San Francisco, CA (December 15-19, 2014)
  • Graduate Climate Conference, What would happen to the general circulation of the atmosphere if the West Antarctic Ice Sheet collapsed? - Huybers, K. , Steiger, N., and Frierson, D., Woods Hole, MA (November 1-3, 2013)
  • American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, Linkage between Grounding Line Dynamics and Geological Observations in the Weddell Sea Sector of Antarctica - Huybers, K. , Roe, G., Conway, H., Balco, G. and Todd, C., San Francisco, CA (December 3-7, 2012)

Selected Articles

  • Steig, E.J., Huybers, K., Singh, H.A., Steiger, N.J., Ding, Q., Frierson, D.M., Popp, T., and White, J.W. "Influence of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet collapse on Antarctic surface climate." Geophysical Research Letters Vol. 42, 2015: pp. 4862-4868.
  • Huybers, K., Rupper, S., and Roe, G.H. "Response of closed basin lakes to interannual climate variability." Climate Dynamics 2015:
  • Campbell, S., Balco, G., Todd, C., Conway, H. Huybers, K. , Simmons, C., and Vermeulen, M. "Radar-detected englacial stratigraphy in the Pensacola Mountains, Antarctica: implication for recent changes in ice flow and accumulation." Annals of Glaciology Vol. 54, 2013: Issue 63 pp. 91-99.
  • Huybers, K. and Roe, G.H. "Spatial patterns of glaciers in response to spatial patterns in regional climate." Journal of Climate Vol. 22, 2009: Issue 17 pp. 4606-4620.


  • Robert and Nadine Bassett Fellowship, University of Washington 2013-2014
  • Ferrel Fund Geological Sciences Research Award, University of Washington 2012-2013
  • Communication Fellow, Seattle Pacific Science Center 2010–present


Kat teaches Conservation of Natural Resources and Environmental Methods of Investigation as well as climate-based courses in Geosciences.  Her research uses computer models to study on how climate change and variability is expressed by geophysical systems.  She studies lakes, glaciers, and polar processes.