Our Team

Maeve Boland, Director of Geoscience Policy

Maeve directs the Geoscience Policy and Critical Issues programs. She ensures that the programs link the shared policy interests of AGI’s 51 member societies with policy makers and provide impartial geoscience and policy information to many audiences. She leads collaborative projects to develop multi-society consensus documents, including AGI’s Guidelines for Ethical Professional Conduct and Geoscience for America’s Critical Needs: Invitation to a National Policy Dialogue. She is particularly interested in showcasing the importance of the geosciences in society and promoting the value of applied geoscience.

Maeve received Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees in Geology from Trinity College, Dublin. She worked in mineral exploration and oil and gas data analysis before joining the Industrial Minerals Section of the Geological Survey of Ireland. She earned her Ph.D. in Geology from Colorado School of Mines where she is an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering. She is also an adjunct professor at University College, Dublin. She was the 2009‒10 American Geophysical Union Congressional Fellow and spent 2010‒12 as an American Association for the Advancement of Science Executive Branch Policy Fellow with the Energy and Mineral Resources Programs at the U.S. Geological Survey. She joined the American Geosciences Institute as Director of Geoscience Policy in February 2013.

Cassaundra Rose, Critical Issues Program Manager

Cassaundra manages Critical Issues staff and operations, writes information products and blog posts for the website, and manages social media strategies and outreach efforts for the program. She also organizes and moderates webinars and is responsible for producing and managing Critical Issues Forums for AGI. Her primary areas of interest are in climate science, natural hazard monitoring and mitigation, and water resource issues.

Cassaundra earned her Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Science from Columbia University, and also holds a Master of Science degree in Geology from the University of California at Riverside, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Florida State University. Her graduate research focused on past climate changes; specifically long-term changes in rainfall and runoff patterns and vegetation in western North America and Africa.

Danielle Woodring, Geoscience Policy Associate

Danielle advocates on behalf of the geosciences at the federal level and she supervises geoscience policy interns. She writes policy news briefs, represents AGI in multiple science policy coalitions and working groups, works closely with federal science agencies, and organizes visits to Capitol Hill for geoscientists. She has a particular interest in learning geoscientists' personal stories about why their research excites them and how they apply their research to issues affecting society.

Danielle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Kansas, with an emphasis on structural geology, specifically extensional fault systems. Danielle held a public affairs position at the American Geophysical Union in the spring of 2016 and was an AGI geoscience policy intern in the fall of 2015.

Ben Mandler, AGI/Schlumberger Fellow in Geoscience Communication

Ben writes and curates information products for the website, including case studies, factsheets, FAQs, and blog posts. He also organizes and moderates webinars, manages the Maps & Visualizations portal, and co-organizes social media efforts for the program. His areas of particular interest in the program include human-hazard feedbacks, relationships between energy and water, and modern 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 a Master of Science degree in Geology from the University of Bristol (UK).

Leila Gonzales, Senior Researcher

Leila provides technical support and strategic planning input for the Geoscience Policy and Critical Issues  programs.She works on website design, production, and maintenance; web analytics; video editing; webinar production; and grant writing. Leila also works with AGI's Workforce, Information Services, and Education programs, and promotes the cross-pollination of ideas and initiatives between these programs.

Leila earned her Ph.D. in Physical Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, specializing in palynology and Quaternary paleoclimate reconstructions. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Geophysical Sciences from the University of Chicago, a Certificate of Advanced Study in Geographic Information Systems from the University of Denver, and a Bachelor of Science & Arts in Mathematics and Spanish from Regis University.  Leila has experience working as a research analyst across industry sectors and also as a systems engineer for the defense industry.

Jeremiah Bernau, Policy Intern

Jeremiah actively works with federal agencies and congress to represent the geoscience community and promote sound public policy in Washington, D.C. He also manages the Geoscience Policy program’s social media presence and writes policy updates.

Jeremiah is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Evaporite Sedimentology at West Virginia University, and also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Earth Science with a minor in Geography from Vassar College. Jeremiah’s graduate research uses salt deposits to determine environmental conditions in the Neoproterozoic Era. He also has prior experience working in environmental consulting and in natural gas development.