Biological Sciences
  • Associate Professor, Department of Biology
  • University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
  • Biologist, Oklahoma Biological Survey
  • Lecturing and Research: Aquatic Biology and the Downstream Effects of Hydroelectric Dams
  • Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • October 2007 - April 2008
  • Fulbright Presentation (.PDF)
  • Curriculum Vitae (.PDF)
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Growing up in Florida, Liz Bergey played in the woods and kept insects as pets. Now she does research in streams and woods, and raises snails in her lab.

Liz’s career has hop-skipped between academia and other experiences. After receiving a pair of B.S. degrees, Liz worked as a laboratory technician, and after completing her M.S degree, joined the Peace Corps. As a Peace Corps volunteer, Liz helped set up village fish hatcheries in Thailand and was interim director of a government fish hatchery in Cameroon. After returning to school, she earned a PhD from the University of California-Berkeley and set out on a life of travel. She helped set up a government/university aquatic insect identification lab at Utah State University and was the Tribal Limnologist for a Chippewa band in northern Wisconsin. Next, she relocated to New Zealand, where she worked as an aquatic biologist for a privatized government agency. With this array of experiences, Liz obtained her first (and current) academic appointment at her undergraduate institution, the University of Oklahoma. She continues research on the ecology of aquatic insects and algae and has recently drifted into land snail biology, through which she is becoming more active in undergraduate student research.

Having settled down with a family, Liz again got an opportunity to both travel and share life in another culture with her family when she became a Fulbright Scholar in 2007. She spent six months in Thailand, teaching and doing research at the University of Chiang Mai. Liz continues collaboration in research and graduate education with Thai colleagues.