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Lydia M Staisch, Ph.D.

Lydia is a Research Geologist with the GMEG Science Center, working on structural geology, tectonic geomorphology, geologic mapping, and seismic hazards in the Pacific Northwest. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2014, where she focused on the deformation history of the northern Tibetan Plateau and coseismic landslide hazards in the Himalayas.

Afterwards, Lydia was a Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow with Brian Sherrod at the Earthquake Science Center. Her general research interests are in continental deformation and landscape evolution. She tends to employ a multi-faceted approach in her research, including field work, structural-stratigraphic analysis, geochemical analysis, geodynamic modeling, remote sensing and geodesy.

Professional Experience

  • 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

Education and Certifications

  • 2014  Ph.D., Geological Sciences, University of Michigan

  • 2008  B.A., Geology, Carleton College

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