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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.

Check out my personal website for more information about research topics (and pictures!).



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