Elizabeth Cottrell is a curator and research geologist at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (Washington DC). Her research in geology focuses on the long-term evolution of the planet’s deep interior from Earth’s formation 4.56 billion years ago to today, with an emphasis on Earth’s oxygen cycle. She is also well known for her programmes of public education in Earth Sciences and for her activities within North American museums. Until recently she directed the Smithsonian’s Global Volcanism Program.
Upon arrival, Liz spent two days in the field with the second-year undergraduate volcanology class, who benefited greatly from her presence. She is installed in LMV office 1.48.