My name is Amanda Alvis, and I am a Ph.D. candidate in hydrology at the University of Washington in Seattle. I was born and raised among the corn and soybeans of central Illinois, and I stayed there until I graduated in May 2016 with a degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During my time at the University of Illinois, I interned at the United States Geological Survey Illinois Water Science Center, which is where I fell in love with hydrology. I joined the UW Civil & Environmental department in September 2016, and since then I’ve been researching the erosion of gravel forest roads and advocating for the well-being of graduate students in my department and beyond.
I love science (probably too much), I have two cats named Charlie & Gimli (whom I care about deeply), and I relish being in nature (in every capacity—including getting muddy in the field). When I’m not science-ing, you’ll likely find me playing games (board and video), baking, running, or being a giant goofball with my husband, Sebastian.