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Elizabeth   Ashley  Fischer

Post Doc in Geophysical Institute
Studies feedbacks between ice sheets, atmosphere, and ocean

Office:     Elvey 401



* McCarthy Summer School in Glaciology, 2012
* PhD, Harvard University, 2003
* Company Dancer, Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, 2000-2005
* BS, Yale University, 1994

Elizabeth was from Seattle a long long time ago, and would build the Big White Mountain on her jungle gym every time it snowed. Quick, before it all melted! She loved math and science and How Things Work, and always knew she would be a scientist when she grew up. Since then she did many growing-up things like finishing grad school with a dance career in-between; but somehow missed the science mark and ended up in quantitative finance instead. Still, she always knew she needed to be a scientist when she grew up.

So in 2011, Elizabeth grew up and became a scientist! Entranced by the eloquent speech of Gavin Schmidt (NASA/GISS), she realized that RIGHT NOW, TODAY is the time for Earth Science, as our planet changes radically before our eyes. GISS was hiring in Cryosphere that week, so that's how she dove in to this rapidly evolving field. In 2012 she learned a little bit about glaciers in McCarthy Alaska, before spending the next 8 years coupling PISM to the GISS ModelE GCM. In that time she got a lot of practice compiling software and writing Pythonic code; in addition to wrangling Fortran/C++/MPI codes, of course.

Elizabeth emerged from her model development cave in 2020 with an energy-conserving coupling of PISM to ModelE, ready to take on new glacier challenges at UAF. Her current work on parameterizations for ice/ocean interactions of tidewater glaciers promises to improve our understanding of how these glaciers respond to climate change, as well as improve both regional and global climate models.

Research Interests
* Ice / Atmosphere / Ocean Interactions
* Dynamic Ice Models as part of a coupled General Circulation Model (GCM).
* Coupled GCM / Dynamic Ice Model Spinup
* Ice Sheet / Vegetation Interactions
* Generalized Conservative Regridding, Elevation Classes and Unusual Basis Functions

* Columbia University, Patrick Alexander, Marco Tedesco: Snow albedo effects on ice sheets
* NASA / GISS, Craig Rye: Coupled ice/ocean interactions with ModelE and PISM/PICO

Personal Interests
Elizabeth loves to dance. Most recently, she has studied Chinese Classical and Folk Dance in New York City. She is looking forward to participating in the diverse dance community in Alaska, whoever that might be and wherever it might lead. Maybe even Capoeira! She also likes to play classical music, get around town on her e-bike, take care of her dog, and spend time with her family in the Lower 48. She hopes to pick up X-country skiing in Alaska.

Investment Advice
Quantitative finance requires large amounts of expensive data and a lot of work. If you don't have that kind of time and money to invest in the process, and the scale to make it all worthwhile, then you are merely throwing darts at a dart board. So save yourself the effort, put your money in passively managed funds, and fuggetaboutit.

Favorite Things
* Favorite music: Beethoven's Grosse Fugue
* Favorite musical period: Baroque
* Favorite composer: Vivaldi
* Inspiration to be a Ballerina: Watching Coppelia when I was 10 years old
* Favorite part of ballet class: Adagio
* Best dance in Nutcracker: Snow
* Best part of dancing en pointe: Dancing en point, of. course!
* Worst part of dancing en point: Dead pointe shoes and broken toenails.
* Favorite dog: Poodles; these cream puff dogs just love you to death.
* Best part of biking: Being out and about, really in the world, braving the cold!
* Worst part of biking: 0C and raining. Flats. Downhill terror.
* Favorite food: 100% pure chocolate, and a good pot of lentils
* Favorite state: Alaska, of course!
* Best thing about Alaska: The sun never sets in the summer.
* Worst thing about Alaska: Outhouses in the winter
* Favorite mountain: Rainier
* Favorite bear: Grizzly, not brown or polar
* Favorite city: Boston. Berlin too.
* Favorite NYC borough: Bronx
* Favorite NYC county: Westchester
* Favorite NYC park: Van Cortlandt
* Favorite picnic spot: Sieur de Monts Nature Center, Acadia National Park
* Most beautiful part of NY: Lower Hudson Valley, Tappan Zee, Peekskill Fjord
* Favorite railroad: Metro-North
* Best thing about NYC: The Dancing
* Worst thing about NYC: Time spent commuting
* Favorite foreign country: Germany
* Favorite continent: Uh, I dunno... they all have their ups and downs
* Favorite planet: There's only one Earth!
* Favorite ice sheet: Laurentide
* Favorite glacial formation: Fjords in Norway
* Favorite scientist: Richard Feynman
* Favorite public speaker: Temple Grandin
* Favorite kid: My own!
* Favorite college: UAF of course! (Yale, close second)
* Favorite college town: New Haven
* Favorite pig: yellow
* Favorite number: 17
* Favorite musical: Cats!
* Best movie ever: Fargo