AAAS Fellow Biography
Dr. Elizabeth Boatman
Ever-fascinated with the biological world and its interface (both conceptually and physically) with materials technology, she pursued a unique collaboration with the University of California Museum of Paleontology during her graduate research studies. For her dissertation work, and as an active collaborator with paleontology researchers from institutions across the United States, Elizabeth studied the nanoscale chemical and structural changes that occur in fossil bone, in addition to chemical changes that preserve blood vessel tissues as a result of diagenesis. Heavy on materials characterization and paleontological fundamentals, the ultimate goal of each project was to extract critical parameters that could be used to better inform materials engineered based on biological systems (i.e., composite ceramics, polymers). Currently, Elizabeth is a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, placed at the National Science Foundation in a cross-disciplinary role between the Directorate for Education and Human Resources and the Office of Legislative and Public Affairs.