Elizabeth Cottrell is a curator and research geologist at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. She directs the Smithsonian’s Global Volcanism Program. Her research in geology focuses on the long-term evolution of the planet’s deep interior from Earth’s formation 4.56 billion years ago to today, with an emphasis on Earth’s oxygen cycle. Cottrell has a Sc.B. from Brown University and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.
Elizabeth Cottrell was a featured speaker at Smithsonian magazine's The Future is Here conference on June 1. See a video of her talk below.