Kitty L. Milliken received a B.A. in geology (1975) from Vanderbilt University and M.A. (1977) and Ph.D. (1985) degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. She is now Senior Research Scientist at the Bureau of Economic Geology. Her research focuses on the diagenesis of siliciclastic sediments and the evolution of rock properties in the subsurface. She has authored and co-authored around 100 peer-reviewed papers and also digital resources for teaching sedimentary petrography. She served as Associate Editor of the Journal of Sedimentary Research (1993-2000) and as Co-Editor (2004-2008). She was elected a Fellow of the Geological Society of America (2008) and President of SEPM (2014-2015). She has been recognized by the AAPG with the J. Ben Carsey Distinguished Lectureship (2005-2006), the Robert Berg Outstanding Research Award (2015), the Pratt Award (with co-authors) for best paper in the Bulletin (2015), and a second AAPG Distinguished Lectureship (2016-2017). Her current work is focused on the application of electron microbeam imaging and analysis to interpret chemical and mechanical histories of mudrocks (oil and gas shales).