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Elizabeth Williams, Ph.D. Graduate Student

My Research

Elizabeth WilliamsMy research is on carbon cycling in coastal areas, specifically coastal wetlands and deltas. I am interested in the response of organic rich sediments to increased salinity, such as that which may occur with rapid sea-level rise, and global carbon cycling, such as the efficiency and fate of carbon sinks. I am also interested in other organic sediment diagenetic processes. My B.S. is in chemistry, and of all the chemistry courses, I enjoyed organic chemistry the most. When I switched to geology for graduate school, I became most interested in carbon cycling, because I could utilize my organic chemistry background.

My Life at Tulane

After four frigid years of undergraduate schooling, I came to Tulane for the warmer climate which New Orleans offers. What I like best about New Orleans is the food, there is always something delicious just a few minutes away. My life hasn't changed much as a graduate student, but entering this field with no geology experience, I enjoyed the flexibility that this department offers. I think it was the flexibility that allowed me to figure out exactly what interests me in geology and to narrow down my research goals accordingly.

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