William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellows

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

 

2020-2021 AGI Fisher Fellow Jakob Lindaas
Jakob Lindaas received his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University (CSU) studying local ozone air pollution in Colorado as well as nitrogen-containing gases and particles in western U.S. wildfire smoke. His scholarly focus on atmospheric chemistry and air quality research has made him passionate about connecting geoscientists to public policy and supporting active scientific participation in public decision-making processes, he said on accepting the fellowship.  Lindaas organized a poster networking event that connected 21 graduate students from diverse fields throughout CSU with local government and community leaders in Fort Collins, Colorado. In his career, he hopes to continue to find ways to support and encourage geoscientists' engagement in public policy decisions, from local to national levels.
 
Previously, Lindaas earned a master's degree in Atmospheric Science from CSU and a B.A. in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard University. Prior to enrolling in graduate school, he worked as a research assistant in the Harvard Earth and Planetary Science Department focusing on greenhouse gas flux estimates from urban and arctic environments.
 
 
2019-2020 AGI Fisher Fellow Raleigh Martin
2019-2020 AGI Fisher Fellow Raleigh Martin
2019-2020 AGI Fisher Fellow Raleigh Martin

Raleigh Martin is an Earth-surface process geoscientist interested in enabling open knowledge, data, and policy in the geosciences. Prior to serving as the 2019-20 William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellow, Raleigh is completing an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellowship in the Directorate for Geosciences at the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). At NSF, Raleigh is helping to allocate infrastructure investments and to refine public access policies to advance geoscience research discovery through improved data access and reuse. Prior to NSF, Raleigh was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he studied wind-driven sediment transport processes shaping coastal and desert sand dunes and generating atmospheric dust. Raleigh earned his B.S.E. in Geological Engineering from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in Geology at the University of Pennsylvania, where his doctoral research focused on understanding the statistical variability of sediment transport and geomorphology in rivers.

 

 
 
Ryan Edwards 2018-19 Fisher Congressional Fellow
Ryan Edwards 2018-19 Fisher Congressional Fellow
2018-2019 AGI Fisher Fellow Ryan Edwards

Ryan Edwards earned his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Princeton University. His research concentrated on improving understanding of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and geological storage of carbon dioxide. Ryan also has a focus on energy and climate policy. He was a fellow with the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton, where he investigated pathways to accelerate deployment of carbon capture and storage, and he also led a team working on Princeton University’s carbon emissions reduction plans. Prior to moving to the U.S. from Australia, Ryan completed a B.E. in Civil and Environmental Engineering and B.Sc. in Geology at the University of Adelaide and worked as an engineer in the mining and natural resource management industries. Ryan is looking forward to gaining insight into the policy development process as the 2018-19 William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellow.

 
 
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.
 
 

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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.