Lizzie Wallace received her B.S. from the University of Virginia in Civil Engineering and Philosophy in 2015 and her PhD in Paleoceanography from MIT and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in 2020.
Lizzie’s research focuses on diagnosing the complex combination of climate forces that alter hurricane activity on long timescales. During her PhD, she worked on reconstructing hurricane strikes over the past 2000 years using sediment cores collected from blue holes in The Bahamas. As a postdoc at Rice in Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences, Lizzie will be working to integrate natural archives of local hurricane strikes in the Atlantic with hurricane model data to study how and why hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico have changed over the past 2000 years. Her ultimate goal is to provide coastal communities like Houston with longer term information on the scale and probability of hurricane events. Lizzie is looking forward to engaging in interdisciplinary collaborations as a part of the Rice Academy of Fellows.
When she’s not pursuing her scientific goals, she enjoys hiking, reading fantasy novels, trips to the rock gym, and borrowing her friend’s cats.