Current and Former AGI and William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellows
2015-2016 AGI Fisher Fellow Gifford Wong
The 2015-2016 William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellow is Gifford Wong. He will receive his Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from Dartmouth College. He earned his Honors in Antarctic Studies from the University of Tasmania at Hobart, and his Bachelor’s degree in Asian American Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. His doctoral dissertation is focused on the chemistry of snow and ice in northwest Greenland and, in particular, examines how changes in temperature and atmospheric circulation are related to trends in annual precipitation. He has done fieldwork in Greenland and Antarctica, co-developed and co-instructed a graduate-level science communication course at Dartmouth, and is currently collaborating with the International Glaciological Society to organize a communication skills workshop to coincide with their 2016 summer symposium.
Joseph Majkut, 2014-2015 AGI Fisher Fellow
The 2014-2015 William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellow is Joseph Majkut. Joseph graduated with his B.S. in Mathematics from Harvey Mudd College in 2006. He spent the following two years at the Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands, studying for an M.S. in Risk Analysis and Environmental Modeling. His PhD is from the Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Studies at Princeton University, with a certificate in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy. As a researcher, he developed new methods for using computer models and observational records to detect changes in the oceanic carbon cycle that result from climate change. His research also asks how climate policy mechanisms can consider the uncertainty in climate projections and incorporate observational information robustly. As a congressional fellow, Joseph looks forward to learning two related things, how scientific results and principles are put to use in developing legislation and how to pose policy questions that can help scientists ask fundamental and policy-relevant questions.
Kristen Mitchell, 2013-2014 AGI Fisher Fellow
Anna Henderson, 2012-2013 AGI Fisher Fellow
Aisha Morris, 2011-2012 AGI Fisher Fellow
Ursula Rick, 2010-2011 AGI Fisher Fellow
Katie Matthews, 2009-2010 AGI Fisher Fellow
Gabrielle Dreyfus, 2008-2009 AGI Fisher Fellow
"Learning to Speak to Your Representatives," April 2009
Bryan K. Mignone, 2007-2008 AGI Fisher Fellow
Mignone and the other 2007-2008 geoscience fellows are profiled in the December 2007 issue of Geotimes.
Bryan has written the following articles for EARTH Magazine:
Allyson K. Anderson, 2006-2007 AGI Fellow
For those seeking additional information and background on the AGI Congressional Science Fellowship, a more detailed prospectus is available on this site.
An April 2001 article by Maeve Boland provides information on what some geoscience congressional fellows have done after their experiences in Washington.
Also available is the November 1997 Geotimes column on the fellowship entitled Congressional Fellows: Scientists in a Strange Land.
A book of essays by former fellows about their experience, entitled From the Lab to the Hill, is now available in PDF format on the AAAS website.
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Posted May 28, 2003; Last update August 22, 2012.