Liz Ritchie became a faculty member in the School of Physical, Environmental, and Mathematical Sciences at the University of New South Wales - Canberra in July 2015. Her doctoral work at Monash University investigated the role of mesoscale midlevel vortices in tropical cyclogenesis. Her postdoctoral work in the Department of Meteorology at The Pennsylvania State University applied a mesoscale atmospheric model to the investigation of vertical wind shear on the structure and intensity of tropical cyclones. Liz spent the past 20 years teaching and performing research in the United States and has recently returned to Australia. Her current research focuses principally on physical understanding, estimation, and prediction of tropical cyclogenesis, tropical cyclone structure and intensity change, the extratropical transition of tropical cyclones and their downstream impacts, and tropical cyclone landfall impacts on natural environments and societies. She uses mesoscale models, remote-sensed and insitu observations, and reanalysis datasets for her research. A particular focus of the research is on eastern North Pacific tropical cyclones and their role in the precipitation of the semiarid southwestern United States and the North American Monsoon.