Liza has always enjoyed exploring the natural world through outdoor recreational activities and through science, but healthy streams and high mountain peaks are her current favorites. She received her B.A. in Environmental Science from Colorado College in 2008, where she also spent time leading backcountry skiing and hiking trips, working on ecological restoration projects, and traveling extensively. Before going to graduate school, Liza spent a great deal of time working in Alaska, in the field of watershed conservation and as a wilderness therapy field guide and instructor on extended canoeing and mountaineering expeditions. She received her M.S. in Water Resources, Science and Management from University of Idaho in 2014. During graduate school she conducted interdisciplinary stream ecology research from a remote field station in the central Idaho wilderness while simultaneously developing herself as an educator through a National Science Foundation fellowship. Liza has a love for inspiring curiosity and respect for the natural environment in others, seeks opportunities to expand her horizons, and has a knack for finding the joys in everyday life.