Liz’s passion for the environment started in her childhood. Her family moved around the East Coast as she was growing up, but she spent most of her early years in Virginia Beach, Virginia near the ocean. Every summer her family would travel to the Adirondacks in Upstate New York, where she developed her love for nature. To pursue her growing interest in the environment she went on to study Biological Systems Engineering with a focus in watershed science and engineering at Virginia Tech.
While at Virginia Tech Liz became involved in undergraduate research focused on how sediment transport affected fish habitat in the Dan and Roanoke River basin. She furthered this research by staying at Virginia Tech to complete a Master’s degree focused on understanding sediment transport processes in those watersheds. After completing her Master’s, Liz was hired by a restoration company in northern Virginia, where she helped design multiple stream realignment/restoration projects. These projects were focused on reducing channel and bank erosion in various streams throughout northern Virginia and southern Maryland.
In February of 2023, Liz joined the RDG team in Corvallis to continue developing her passion for the environment and understanding of stream systems. She spends most of her free time outdoors where she can often be found running, hiking, camping, and spending time with her dog.
“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.”