Kathryn Watts


I am a Research Geologist with the Geology, Minerals, Energy and Geophysics (GMEG) Science Center in Menlo Park, CA. I started at the USGS as a Mendenhall Postdoctoral Research Fellow in 2012, following completion of my Ph.D. at the University of Oregon. My research is focused on various aspects of crustal magmatism, from processes the fuel volcanic eruptions to those that contribute to the formation of economically valuable mineral resources. My areas of expertise include: igneous petrology, geochemistry, isotope geochemistry, geochronology, volcanology, and economic geology.


"Nature is ever at work building and pulling down, creating and destroying, keeping everything whirling and flowing, allowing no rest but in rhythmical motion, chasing everything in endless song out of one beautiful form into another."

–John Muir



Ph.D., Geological Sciences, University of Oregon, 2011

B.S., Geology, Louisiana State University, 2006