Portrait of Elizabeth Nesbitt

Earth and Space Sciences

Elizabeth Nesbitt

Associate Professor

Elizabeth Nesbitt is a paleontologist who studies fossils throughout the western United States. She works primarily with marine fossils, investigating, variously, the biotic communities around hydrocarbon seeps, the microbiota of Puget Sound, and the most recent major extinction event of marine fauna, which occurred over 30 million years ago. In addition to her research, Nesbitt is committed to public outreach, and as Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology and Micropaleontology at the Burke Museum, she has put together exhibits on everything from the Pacific Northwest’s seismic history to fanciful imaginings of fossils brought to life.