Beyond the Lab

4_trapeze_china_actIn my “spare” time, I am a professional circus coach and performer, specializing in aerials – anything that involves my feet being off the ground. I currently coach and train with Esh Circus Arts and Aircraft Aerial Arts, both in Somerville, MA. I have taught and performed with Aerial Revolution (San Diego, CA), and I ran the silks program at UC San Diego Recreation in San Diego. I have also coached for Tito Gaona’s Flying Fantasy Circus summer camps in the Boston area. In addition to staying active and healthy, my participation in circus arts has greatly improved my skills as a teacher and researcher. Plus, it is just great fun. You can find some older performance videos on youtube. For more general science and circus fun, follow me on Instagram at @UpsidedownElizabeth.

IMG_0348This image was shot while doing field work at Gubbio, Italy. The famous K/Pg Boundary is the dark crevice in the rock where thousands of geological tourists have come to scrape some of the famous Iridium Anomaly away. Right hand – dinosaurs, left hand – no dinosaurs!

When I moved from San Diego to Boston, I took a fantastic geology-themed cross-country road trip with Christina Skelton, another Junior Fellow, who has a penchant for photography. See the adventure (and resulting series of handstand pictures from across the US) at our blog