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Lauren Sankovitch

M.S. in Geology She/her/hers


My current research involves building a robust methodology for U-Th dating of siliceous sinters as part of a broader effort to understand the relationship between glacial retreat and hydrothermal systems from the Last Glacial Maximum to the present.

After obtaining my anthropology degree in 2005, I began a decade-plus career in comic book editorial and television development. Seeking to combine my narrative skills with my love of science (and rocks!) towards science communication, I went back to school and received my post-bacc in geology in 2021. While completing a yearlong internship in geochemistry with the USGS in Lakewood, CO, I was admitted to UNR for my graduate studies.

When I am not rock climbing or backcountry skiing, I can be found cooking or taking care of my numerous houseplants.

Research interests

  • Hydrothermal Geochemistry
  • Geochronology
  • Igneous Petrology
  • Science Communication


  • B.S. in Geology, Oregon State University, 2021
  • B.A. in Anthropology and Theatre Arts, University of Pennsylvania, 2005