Liz Hajek studies sedimentary rocks to understand how landscapes change and evolve.

Why you should listen

Liz Hajek's research has contributed new perspectives on how rivers and coastlines move and how sediments record earth history. She is an assistant professor of geosciences at The Pennsylvania State University, where she teaches a range of courses spanning topics from oceanography to petroleum geology. Hajek and her students often conduct fieldwork in rugged places and use computer models and experiments to reveal the rhythms and dynamics of earth's surface. She recently appeared in the NOVA Treasures of the Earth: Power episode and has a paper in the Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences.