Liz Bergey, associate professor of biology and associate heritage biologist in the Oklahoma Biological Survey at the University of Oklahoma, has been named a Fulbright Alumni Ambassador.
Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors serve as official representatives and recruiters for the Fulbright Scholar program. Approximately eight ambassadors are selected nationwide each year and serve a two-year term. Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors mentor potential applicants, sharing information about Fulbright grants along with how to address the challenges of living abroad successfully and how best to meet the Fulbright Program’s ultimate goal – to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and the people of other countries. Bergey is the only ambassador in this year’s group to represent the biological sciences.
Bergey became a Fulbright Scholar in 2007 when she spent six months in Thailand at the University of Chiang Mai, where her lecturing and research focused on the Aquatic Biology and the Downstream Effects of Hydroelectric Dams.
Bergey received a bachelor’s degree in zoology and another in botany from the University of Oklahoma and a master’s degree from Colorado State University. After completing her master’s degree, she joined the Peace Corps and helped set up village fish hatcheries in Thailand and was the interim director of a government fish hatchery in Cameroon. Later, she earned a doctorate from the University of California, Berkley.