Climate, snow, and society.
I am a Research Assistant Professor at the University of New Hampshire in the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space.  I use climate models, remote sensing, surface observations and citizen science to better understand changes in climate and impacts on society.  My interdisciplinary research centers around the interactions among climate, land use, and society in the Northeastern United States.  I was previously a Visiting Scientist and Postdoctoral Researcher at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of New Hampshire in the Terrestrial Ecosystem Analysis Lab.

Specifically, my research has focused on how changes in land cover (i.e. deforestation) influence surface temperature and fluxes of energy and water.  I also work on interdisciplinary projects with economists to understand how decreases in snow affect the multi-billion dollar winter sports industry and how we might place economic value on albedo as an climate regulating ecosystem service.

Beyond science, I spend most of my spare time with my son Cory and my husband Nick, also a scientist.  I enjoy a good old fashioned footrace (5k, 10k, half marathon, trail half) and have been known to fundraise for awesome organizations like MiracleFeet.  In a former life I was a sailor-scientist with the Sea Education Association.  I also love to bake and split board in the backcountry.  I will play cribbage with anyone, anytime.


Kahiltna Glacier, Denali National Park, Alaska. 2013. Photo by Erich Osterberg.

7 thoughts on “About”

  1. Im a Geography student in Nigeria, we study climate with focus on the tropics. I’d like you to be my go to person for all things temperate


  2. Tim Panella said:

    Hey Elizabeth! I’m extremely inspired by your work with POW and NRDC and your study done in 2012. I’m currently using your study to make a presentation about how climate is affecting snow sports in New England, at Keene State. I have serious visions that i’m passionate about for how we can use the snow sports community to educated about climate change. If you have anytime at all, I would love to get in touch with you.

    Timothy Panella


  3. What was it like to work in Old Town ME and did you enjoy the stay?


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