Katharine Cashman is a volcanologist who studies links between chemical and physical factors that control magma ascent, eruption, and emplacement on the Earth’s surface. She received her doctorate from The Johns Hopkins University in 1986 and accepted a faculty position at Princeton University, where she stayed for 5 years. In 1991 she moved to the University of Oregon, where she held the position of Philip H. Knight Distinguished Professor of Natural Sciences in the Department of Geological Sciences from 1997-2011. In 2011, she moved to the University of Bristol, where she holds the position of Professor of Volcanology. She has studied volcanoes on six of the seven continents (and has visited volcanoes on the seventh!), has explored a wide range of eruption styles (including active submarine volcanism), and has served on the Scientific Advisory Committee for the ongoing Soufriere Hills eruption on the island of Montserrat. She is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), an elected member of the Academia Europaea, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and a Fellow of the Royal Society.