William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellows

Current and Former AGI and William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellows

 
Mary Schultz, 2017-2018 AGI Fisher Fellow
Mary Schultz, 2017-2018 AGI Fisher Fellow
2017-2018 AGI Fisher Fellow Mary Schultz

After graduating magna cum laude with Honors in Geology from Bryn Mawr College (Philadelphia, PA), Mary Schultz is receiving her Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. Mary’s doctoral research focuses on understanding the past 20 million-year climatic and tectonic evolution of the Mount Everest region in the central Himalayan Mountains using a combination of fieldwork, thermochronological dating of minerals, and numerical modeling methods. With an avid passion for public engagement and teaching, she has participated in various science outreach events offered at Arizona State University and recently embraced the opportunity to co-teach an introductory geology course for high school students in the Phoenix area. Mary is thrilled to have been selected as the 2017-2018 William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellow and very much looks forward to bridging her skills as a geoscientist and communicator to the realm of policy.  

 

 
 
2016-2017 Fisher Fellow Emma Rose Locatelli
2016-2017 Fisher Fellow Emma Rose Locatelli
2016-2017 AGI Fisher Fellow Emma Locatelli

Emma Locatelli is a geoscientist with expertise in paleontology, specifically fossil preservation. She earned her B.A. in Geology and Music from Macalester College (St. Paul, MN) and her Ph.D. in Paleontology from Yale University (New Haven, CT). Her doctoral research integrated biology, chemistry, and geology and examined the roles of microbial decay and early mineralization in leaf fossilization and their impact on the fossil record. Emma is passionate about education, outreach, and service, and balanced her research program with commitments to teaching, presenting science to the public, and working with scientific societies and lawmakers to advocate for science. Her experiences during graduate school bolstered her long-standing interest in the intersection of science, policy, and the public, and she is excited to enter the realm of science policy as a Congressional Geoscience Fellow.

 
 
2015-2016 AGI Fisher Fellow Gifford Wong
2015-2016 AGI Fisher Fellow Gifford Wong
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
Joseph Majkut, 2014-2015 AGI Fisher Fellow
2014-2015 AGI Fisher Fellow Joseph Majkut

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
Kristen Mitchell, 2013-2014 AGI Fisher Fellow
2013-2014 AGI Fisher Fellow Kristen Mitchell
The 2013-2014 William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellow is Kristen Mitchell. She worked in the office of Congressman Mike Honda of California. Mitchell graduated with her B.S. in Marine Chemistry from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida in 2005. After graduation, Mitchell moved to Europe for a Fulbright Student Fellowship where she studied microbial sulfate reduction at the University of Southern Denmark. During the course of her Ph.D., Mitchell studied at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, Georgia Institute of Technology, and finally the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario. She successfully defended her Ph.D. on the marine biogeochemical cycling of selenium isotopes at Utrecht University in 2012. Currently, Mitchell is a research associate in the Ecohydrology Research Group at the University of Waterloo. Her research focuses on assessing the utility of remote sensing to identify plastic debris in the Great Lakes and in oceans. 
 
 
Anna Henderson, 2012-2013 AGI Fisher Fellow
Anna Henderson, 2012-2013 AGI Fisher Fellow
2012-2013 AGI Fisher Fellow Anna Henderson
The 2012-2013 William L. Fisher Congressional Geosciences Fellow is Anna Henderson. She worked on energy policy in the office of Senator Al Franken. Anna recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship using molecular fossils and compound specific isotopes to investigate the emergence of grassland ecosystems in Earth history.  In 2010 she completed a PhD in Geology from University of Minnesota focused on water resources and changes in seasonality of precipitation over the last 10,000 years in North America.  Anna has an undergraduate degree in Geology-Biology from Brown University.
 
 
 
Aisha Morris, 2011-2012 AGI Fisher Fellow
Aisha Morris, 2011-2012 AGI Fisher Fellow
2011-2012 AGI Fisher Fellow Aisha Morris
The 2011-2012 William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellow is Aisha Morris who worked in the office of Congressman Rush Holt of New Jersey. Aisha received her Bachelor’s of Science in Geology from Duke University and her Masters in Marine Geology and Geophysics from the University of Hawaii. She completed her Doctoral degree in Planetary Geology at the University of Hawaii under the tutelage of Peter Mouginis-Mark. The focus of her doctoral degree was “Topographic and geomorphologic studies of volcanic and impact-related landforms on Earth and Mars”. She recently completed a post-doctoral fellowship with the Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) at Syracuse University. Aisha served as an instructor for undergraduate geology courses and for the Research Scholars High School STEP program. Dedicated to science education, Aisha also worked with Girls Eyes Only (GEO), a science enrichment program and Girls Get It!, a science camp; both for middle school girls in the Syracuse area.
 
 
 
Ursula Rick, 2010-2011 AGI Fisher Fellow
Ursula Rick, 2010-2011 AGI Fisher Fellow
2010-2011 AGI Fisher Fellow Ursula Rick
The 2010-2011 William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellow is Ursula Rick. Rick worked in the office of Senator Mark Udall of Colorado. Previously, Rick was a professional research associate at the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science (CIRES), University of Colorado, Boulder. She received her Ph.D. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from the University of Colorado, her Masters in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College and her Bachelor degree in Material Science and Metallurgical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. Her doctoral dissertation focused on surface water runoff from the Greenland ice sheet. She continues to do fieldwork in Greenland and Antarctica and recently co-organized a Forum on Science Ethics and Policy at the University of Colorado. She is now the Regulatory Affairs Analyst at Western Energy Alliance.
 
 
Katie Matthews, 2009-2010 AGI Fisher Fellow
Katie Matthews, 2009-2010 AGI Fisher Fellow
2009-2010 AGI Fisher Fellow Katie Matthews
The 2009-2010 William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellow is Kathryn "Katie" Matthews. She worked in the office of Representative Edward Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts, on nuclear issues. She was a postdoctoral geochemist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in the Nuclear and Radiochemistry Group investigating the migration of uranium and its daughter products at a site analogous to the proposed radiological waste repository at Yucca Mountain. She also participated in a nuclear forensics program, measuring isotopic ratios of interest in air and soil samples. She received her Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007. Her dissertation focused on deciphering marine and coral biogeochemistry to understand past climatic conditions. She received her Masters in Earth and Environmental Science from the University of Pennsylvania - examining the deposition of pesticides in Arctic ice cores. Her Bachelor degree in Geological Sciences is from Tufts University in Massachusetts. After her Congressional Science Fellowship, Matthews served as a Marine Science Officer at the U.S. State Department on a AAAS Fellowship. She now is Vice President of Policy Development and Outreach at the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
 
 
Gabrielle Dreyfus, 2008-2009 AGI Fisher Fellow
Gabrielle Dreyfus, 2008-2009 AGI Fisher Fellow
2008-2009 AGI Fisher Fellow Gabrielle Dreyfus
The 2008-2009 William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellow is Gabrielle Dreyfus. She worked in the office of Senator Byron Dorgan, a Democrat from North Dakota, on energy issues. Gabrielle received her doctoral degree in Geosciences from Princeton University and the University of Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris France. Her dissertation work involved reconstructing climate records and improving ice core chronology using geochemical information from air trapped in Antarctic ice over the past 800,000 years. Gabrielle received her Bachelor of Arts in Earth and Planetary Sciences with highest honors from Harvard University in 2001, a Diploma of Extended Studies, Oceanography, Meteorology, and Environment with honors from the University of Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris France in 2003 and a Masters degree in Geosciences from Princeton University in 2005. After her Congressional Science Fellowship, Dreyfus served as a AAAS Fellow in the Office of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Atmosphere and Oceans and Administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Dr. Jane Lubchenco. In 2011, she began a Climate Change Policy and Technology Fellowship at the Department of Energy.
 
Gabrielle has written the following article for Earth Magazine:
"Learning to Speak to Your Representatives," April 2009
 

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Other Information

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.