Liz earned a BS in Chemistry/Biochemistry at Utah State University (1998)
and a PhD in Biology at the University of Oregon (2006). As a doctoral
student, she examined audiovisual integration in the barn owl head saccade
behavior, and she measured single cell responses to visual and auditory
stimuli in the optic tectum and external nucleus of the inferior colliculus
of anesthetized barn owls. From 2007-2010, Liz stayed on at the University
of Oregon as an adjunct instructor (BIO 353 - Sensory Physiology) and
as a postdoctoral researcher. Her research time was split between the
labs of Terry Takahashi and Bill Roberts. As a postdoc in the Takahashi
Lab, Liz mentored various undergraduate researchers on projects ranging
from human psychophysics to barn owl awake-behaving tetrode measurements.
Her project in the Roberts Lab involved confocal imaging and scanning
electron microscopy of the frog saccule, looking for morphologically and
physiologically distinct subpopulations of hair cells in this peripheral
auditory end-organ. Liz was a Sisneros Lab member from 2010-2012 and is
currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Humboldt State University
in the Department of Biological Sciences.
- Seasonal and steroid-dependent effects on the auditory
sensitivity and hair cell density in the saccule of the midshipman
fish (Porichthys notatus).
- Swim bladder
sexual dimorphism in the plainfin midshipman fish
- Seasonal and hormone dependent
gene expression in the midshipman inner ear.
Takahashi TT, Keller CH, Nelson
BS, Spitzer MW, Bala AD, and EA Whitchurch (2008) Object localization
in cluttered acoustical environments. Biol Cybern 98:579-86.
Whitchurch EA and TT
Takahashi. (2006) Combined auditory and visual stimuli facilitate head
saccades in the barn owl (Tyto alba). J Neurophysiol. 96:730-45.