congressional geoscience 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.

American Geosciences Institute Announces 2018-2019 Recipient of William L. Fisher Congressional Fellowship

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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.

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.  


AGI Selects 2017-2018 William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellow

Mary Schultz (AGI Fisher Fellow 2017-2018)

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.

Past AGI Fellow Gifford Wong shares experience at upcoming science storytelling event

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Looking for science storytelling in DC? Free next Thursday night? The Story Collider is hosting a storytelling event featuring our 2015-16 Fisher Congressional Fellow Gifford Wong! Wong received his Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from Dartmouth College, and he now works for the U.S. State Department as a Science & Technology Policy Fellow for the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Click here to learn more about this event or see the event information copied below:

Exploring a new Career Pathway in the #Geosciences - Science Politician

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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.

Congressional Fellow Translates Geoscience Into Language Policymakers Can Understand

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Ryan Edwards had completed degrees in geology and civil and environmental engineering, including a Ph.D. from Princeton University. But he still had a few things to learn when he embarked on his recently completed term as AGI’s 2018-2019 William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellow, he says.

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.


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