Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach is Professor of Geography at the George Mason University. She received her B.A. from California State University-Chico (1982), M.A and Ph.D. from University of Minnesota-Minneapolis (1984, 1990). Her research and teaching specialties are in Hydrology and Water Quality, Geoarchaeology, Earth Systems Science, Spatial Statistics, Global Change, and Gender and Science. Dr. Luzzadder Beach has conducted field research in California, Iceland, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Turkey, and Syria. She has published numerous book chapters and journal articles spanning fields from geography, geology, and archaeology to ethnobiology.