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.