Liz Van Volkenburgh received her B.S. in Botany from Duke University, and her Ph.D. in Plant Physiology from the University of Washington. She worked as a technician at the Smithsonian Institute Botany Department, and at the Duke University Phytotron. Her postdoctoral appointments were at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, University of Lancaster in England, and the University of Washington. Liz has been a faculty member at the University of Washington since 1987, in the Botany and Biology Departments, with an Adjunct appointment in the College of Forest Resources. In 1993-4 she joined the Plant Physiology lab of the University of Groningen in Haren, the Netherlands for a year's sabbatical research.