Lianne grew up in western Massachusetts. She attended the University of Maine at Farmington where she earned a B.A. in biology. After graduating she worked several seasonal jobs, the first of which was with sea turtles on Padre Island National Seashore. It was there that Lianne first became interested in coastal birds. She then spent several years working as a field biologist in California, South Dakota, and Texas. Lianne earned her M.S. in range and wildlife management from Texas A&M University - Kingsville in 2013. She studied American oystercatcher reproductive success along the Gulf Coast of Texas. She continued at Kingsville to research the movements of reddish egrets marked with satellite transmitters, and earned her Ph.D. in wildlife science in 2017. Lianne is currently working as a postdoctoral research associate with Texas A&M University studying the daily and seasonal movements of brown pelicans in southern Texas.