Meredith Townsend is a doctoral student in Geological and Environmental Sciences
minoring in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She received a BS in Geology with a minor in Mathematics from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. Her geological interests include structural geology, geomechanics, and physical volcanology. Currently, her thesis work uses a combination of numerical modeling and field work to understand the formation and behavior of magmatic dike intrusions and volcanic plugs. Outside of her thesis work, she is interested in causes of under-representation of women in the sciences and how scientific cultures and stereotypes can be changed to be more welcoming to women.