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Edward C. Robeck, Director of Education and Policy

As Director of the Education and Policy Department, Ed Robeck provides administrative guidance and support for the activities of the Geoscience Policy and Critical Issues programs. In this role, Ed monitors budgets, funding opportunities, and the potential for collaborative projects in and across AGI departments and with external partners. Ed also interfaces with staff on specific policy-related projects, especially as they relate to education and public outreach.

Ed holds a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in Curriculum and Instruction in Science Education, and worked at various levels of education and educational publishing, most recently in teacher education at Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland, where he holds the rank of Professor Emeritus.

Ben Mandler, Program Supervisor, Policy and Critical Issues, and Schlumberger Senior Researcher

Ben oversees the running of the Policy and Critical Issues programs, identifies project opportunities, and works with program staff to develop strategies for promoting the role of the geosciences in decision making at all levels. Ben writes and curates information products for the Critical Issues program, including case studies, factsheets, FAQs, and blog posts. He also organizes and moderates webinars and manages the Maps & Visualizations portal. His areas of particular interests in the program include human-hazard feedbacks, relationships between energy and water, and demand for mineral resources.

Ben earned his Ph.D. in Geology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, specializing in petrology, volcanology, and planetary science. He also holds an M.Sci. degree in Geology from the University of Bristol (UK).

Julia Jeanty, AGI Geoscience Policy Intern

Julia writes geoscience policy updates for AGI’s Monthly Review, maintains AGI’s social media presence, attends Congressional hearings and briefings pertinent to the geosciences, writes for Earth Magazine, and attends geoscience coalition meetings on behalf of AGI.

Julia is a 2018 graduate from University of Florida with a dual degree in Environmental Geosciences and Sustainability Studies, as well as certificates in Geospatial Information Analysis and Meteorology and Climatology. Throughout her undergraduate career, Julia conducted research pertaining to flooding, climate change and natural disaster management in Hopkins, Belize as part of an NSF funded Research Experience for Undergraduates through the University of Central Florida, and the studied the effects of plantation forestry on soil nutrient cycling at Stanford University as part of Stanford’s Summer Undergraduate Research in Geoscience and Engineering Program.

View past intern profiles here.