In 2020, Jakob Lindaas was working toward completing his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University (CSU). Lindaas studied 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 made him passionate about connecting geoscientists to public policy and supporting active scientific participation in public decision-making processes.
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.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) congratulates Jakob Lindaas on his selection as the 2020-2021 William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellow. The Fisher Fellowship offers geoscientists the unique opportunity to spend a year in Washington, D.C., working as a staff member in the office of a member of Congress or with a congressional committee.
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 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.
The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) congratulates Ryan Edwards on his selection as the 2018-2019 William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellow. The Fisher Fellowship offers geoscientists the unique opportunity to spend a year in Washington, D.C., working as a staff member in the office of a member of Congress or with a congressional committee. Edwards will begin his Fellowship on September 1, 2018, after receiving his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Princeton University later this spring.
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.
The American Geosciences Institute congratulates Mary Schultz on her recent selection as the 2017-2018 William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellow. Schultz will begin her Fellowship in Washington, D.C., on September 1, 2017, after receiving her Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz., on June 14, 2017.
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) explores a potential new career pathway for geoscientists - the Science Politician. Author Shane Hanlon argues the time and the markets are right for graduate and Ph.D.-level scientists to pursue a career in politics. To get potential scientists started there are links to organizations trying to get scientists elected to office.
Use your geoscience knowledge to help shape federal policy in Washington, DC. Applications for the William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellowship are due February 1st! Learn more at bit.ly/AGI-CSF.