As a kid growing up in Tucson, Arizona, Elizabeth found that nothing was more different—and exciting—than trips to the beach. She pursued her interest in marine science as an undergraduate at the University of Maryland, as an exchange student at the University of Vienna, and later as a graduate student in the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography. Her Ph.D. research dealt with coastal water quality at local beaches, but her studies of microscopic marine life have taken her around the world, from a marine research station in the Mediterranean to an Antarctic icebreaker. Along the way, she developed a passion for communicating the wonder and value of science.  Elizabeth has worked as a science writer and educator since 2012.