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