Lydia M Staisch, Ph.D.


I'm a Research Geologist with the GMEG Science Center, working on structural geology, tectonic geomorphology, geologic mapping, and seismic hazards in the Pacific Northwest. I graduated from the University of Michigan in 2014, where I focused on the deformation history of the northern Tibetan Plateau and coseismic landslide hazards in the Himalaya. Afterwards, I was a Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow with Brian Sherrod at the Earthquake Science Center. My general research interests are in continental deformation and landscape evolution. I tend to employ a multi-faceted approach in my research, including field work, structural-stratigraphic analysis, geochemical analysis, geodynamic modeling, remote sensing and geodesy.



  • 2014  Ph.D., Geological Sciences, University of Michigan, advisor: Nathan Niemi
  • 2008  B.A., Geology, Carleton College, advisor: Sarah Titus


Professional Appointments

  • 2017 - present    Research Geologist, United States Geological Survey
  • 2014 - 2017        Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow, United States Geological Survey
  • 2009 - 2014        Graduate Student Research Assistant, University of Michigan
  • 2009                    Field Assistant in Salta Province, Argentina, University of Arizona                         
  • 2008                    Field Geologist, GeoCorps America Intern, Klamath National Forest, CA

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