Lisa L Stillings

Lisa is a Research Geologist with Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center. She received a Ph.D in Geological Sciences from Pennsylvania State University, a MS in Hydrogeology from Kent State University, and a BS in Geology from Allegheny College. Since joining the USGS in 1998, she has worked on many topics under the broad category of element cycling in the Earth's crust.


Lisa Stillings obtained her PhD in Geological Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University in 1994.  She is a research geologist in the Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center, stationed in Reno NV.  While Lisa has worked on a diverse set of research projects, they fall under the broad category of element cycling in the Earth’s crust.  Her interests include mineral weathering kinetics, chemical interactions at the mineral-water interface, trace element geochemistry, and the geochemistry and mineralogy of lithium deposits.

Professional Experience:

  • 1998- present, Research Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Reno NV
  • 1998-present, Adjunct Professor, Dept Geological Science and Engineering, University of Nevada Reno
  • 1997-1998, Geochemist, Shepherd Miller Consultants, Fort Collins, CO
  • 1993-1998, Post-doctoral Research Associate, University of Wyoming
  • 1989 summer, student intern, Arco Oil & Gas, Plano TX
  • 1984 -1986, Environmental Scientist, ENCOTEC, Ann Arbor, MI
  • 1983 -1984, Analytical Chemist, ENCOTEC, Ann Arbor, MI


  • Ph.D., Geological Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University, 1994
  • M.S., Hydrogeology, Kent State University, 1988
  • B.S., Geology w chemistry minor, Allegheny College, 1983


  • American Chemical Society (Treasurer, Geochemistry Division, 2013-2016; Secretary Geochemistry Division, 2001-2012)
  • American Geophysical Union
  • Center for Research in Economic Geology (CREG), University of Nevada Reno
  • Clay Minerals Society
  • Geological Society of America
  • Society of Economic Geologists
  • Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration

Research Partners:

  • The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
  • The University of Nevada Reno