About Liz

A little bit more about me!

Born and raised in the flat till plains of central Illinois, my family traveled to Rockies twice a year for skiing and backpacking trips.  I knew the mountains held a special place in my world, but I had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I spent the fall of my junior year of high school at the High Mountain Institute, getting exposed to small class sizes and solidifying my love for the outdoors and backpacking.  I spent a gap year between high school and college as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student in Toulouse France, where I became fluent in French and had a wonderful year attending French high school, living with host families, and making lifelong friendships.

I discovered my love for geology at Beloit College, in Beloit, WI, a small, quirky, liberal arts college in southern Wisconsin.  I chose to attend Beloit due to the friendly students, women’s soccer team, and academic diversity.  Little did I know that Wisconsin has world-class glacial geology and Beloit has an excellent geology department.  During the summers in college I had the privilege to work as a counselor at Les Voyageurs, a French-immersion wilderness canoeing camp for high school students, part of Concordia Language Villages in northern Minnesota.  Although brief in duration, my time working at this camp provided me with outdoor education experience, friendships, and memories that I will always take with me.  I graduated from Beloit in 2012 with a BS in Geology.  Next I headed to University at Buffalo and worked with Jason Briner to apply 10Be cosmogenic dating to constrain the timing of the Last Glacial Maximum in the Brooks Range, Arctic Alaska.  I graduated with my M.S. in Geology in 2014.

I moved to Madison in 2014 and worked for a year at the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey as a researcher in the Quaternary Group.  I conducted research about the timing of the last ice age in Wisconsin by drilling sediment cores around the state, as well as doing GIS projects about the buried Wisconsin River valley.  I also participated and led some outreach events, which I love!

Since 2015, I have been a PhD student in the Dept. of Geoscience at UW-Madison. I love the community created in my department and have been an active member and currently the president of our graduate student club to organize educational and social events for the department and the students. I also love how many field trips I have gotten to go on around Wisconsin. In my free time, I play ultimate frisbee, canoe, tend to me and my partner’s mini-vineyard in the Driftless Area, eat cheese curds, and enjoy life in vibrant Madison.