Forrest is a 2017 graduate of Harvard College with a joint degree in Earth and Planetary Sciences and Environmental Science and Public Policy. As an undergraduate, his research focused on tree leaf respiration as it pertained to the global carbon cycle. He also worked for the Harvard University Office for Sustainability for three years in the Resource Efficiency Program. After graduation, Forrest spent a year teaching in The Gambia as a Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Traveling Fellow.
During his 2018 Geoscience Policy fall internship, Forrest published news briefs for the AGI Monthly Review. He also represented AGI at coalition meetings, attended Congressional hearings and briefings, managed AGI’s website and social media content, and wrote an article on early volcano warning systems for EARTH magazine.
As an AGI Policy Program Intern, Bryce reported on federal geoscience policy for AGI’s Monthly Review, managed the program's social media content, and attended geoscience coalition meetings as a representative of AGI. Bryce also created and updated AGI website products, including the 2018 State Geoscience Information factsheets and Geoscience Policy Program Advisory Committee membership list. Bryce’s internship was supported by the Paleontological Society. After her time at AGI, Bryce will be interning at American Geophysical Union in the Talent Pool Program.
Bryce graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in Earth and Environmental Sciences and minors in Spanish and Environmental and Sustainability Studies. Bryce's research interests include investigating potential paleoecological indicators of anthropogenic influence, which she explored in her thesis on foraminifera mutations and heavy metal concentrations in the Bahamas. Outside of academia, Bryce also interned at Urban Green Lab, a nonprofit dedicated to educating the public on science and sustainable living.
Chris actively worked with federal agencies and Congress to represent the geoscience community and promote sound public policy in Washington, D.C. He also managed the Geoscience Policy program’s social media presence, contributed to information products such as news briefs and the Monthly Review, and updated AGI’s web content. In addition, wrote an article about the ocean acidification, which will be published in EARTH magazine later this year.
Chris earned a B.S. in geology and environmental science at Allegheny College. For his senior thesis he studied how a flood control dam in Crawford County, Pennsylvania is impacting the fluvial geomorphology and the floodplain ecosystem of a local creek. His research interests involve the investigation of past climates through practices of sedimentology and geochemistry, and he plans on pursuing a master’s in the next few years.
Veronica focused on communicating relevant geoscience information to state and local-level decision makers. As the Critical Issues intern, she helped maintain and update the AGI website and publish web-based information products. Her article for EARTH Magazine, which will be published in November 2018, explores the concept of mineral criticality in response to the Department of the Interior Critical Minerals List.
Veronica is entering her senior year at Stony Brook University, where she is pursuing a BS in Geology. She will be participating in study abroad programs in Madagascar and Kenya for the entire academic year. So far, her undergraduate career at Stony Brook has focused on research in mineralogy and mineral physics. She conducted research with a faculty member affiliated with Brookhaven National Laboratory, and she was a member of the Summer 2017 cohort of the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates at the American Museum of Natural History. She recently was a Stony Brook University nominee for the nationally competitive Goldwater Scholarship for excellence in undergraduate STEM research.
Cecilia received her B.S. in Geology from The University of Texas at Austin. As an undergraduate researcher for Dr. Mohrig and Dr. Kocurek, she worked on the Jurassic eastern Gulf of Mexico reconstruction project looking at areas of aeolian sand accumulation. Cecilia is currently finishing a M.S. in Geology at The University of Oklahoma with a focus in sedimentology and organic geochemistry under the guidance of Dr. Philp, Dr. Slatt, and Dr. Soreghan. Her thesis investigates the oxygenating potential of sediment gravity flows and their effect on basinal organic matter in Wolfcamp Formation, Midland Basin, TX. During her time at The University of Oklahoma, Cecilia participated in the Imperial Barrel Award and was the AAPG Secretary. As a Policy Intern at AGI, she enjoyed learning about energy and environmental federal policy including, carbon capture and storage and methane venting and flaring. This summer, Cecilia will return to Houston, TX for a third internship with BHP Billiton Petroleum before beginning her PhD in Marine Geology at the University of Miami’s RSMAS in August.
Katja was a Critical Issues intern at AGI after her second year as a doctoral student in Geosciences at Princeton University. Her graduate research is investigating how constraints on microbial growth, like energy and electrons, control globally important processes like nitrogen fixation, the reaction that converts inert nitrogen gas into fertilizing ammonia. She worked with the Critical Issues team to help create resources to help decision makers apply knowledge from her field of microbial biogeochemistry to the challenges facing their communities. Prior to her graduate work, Katja studied chemistry (B.S. 2014) and geobiology (M.S. 2014) at Caltech and did research at ETH Zurich as a Fulbright Fellow.
Isabelle "Izzy" Weisman holds a B.A. in Geoscience from Hamilton College and a M.Sc. in Earth and Environmental Science from Vanderbilt University. Izzy was a Geoscience Policy Intern at AGI in the Fall of 2017. During her internship at AGI, Izzy managed the Geoscience Policy program's social media presence, wrote policy updates, and produced other material for geoscientists when engaging with federal policy. During her internship Izzy also helped prepare congressional testimony regarding geothermal exploration and natural hazard prevention, which was submitted to the United States House Committee on Energy and Mineral Resources. Following her internship at AGI, Izzy will be a Graduate Fellow with the National Nuclear Security Administration. As a fellow she will spend a year working in the Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Izzy will use her technical and policy background to jumpstart her career in the nuclear security field.
Abby Ackerman graduated with her Bachelors in Geology from Bryn Mawr College in 2017. While in undergrad, she worked on research projects ranging from Martian mineralogical analysis to museum mineral curation and work on coal-related acid mine drainage (AMD) sites in Pennsylvania. Her EARTH Magazine article, published in the January/February 2018 issue, focuses on federal policies surrounding AMD legislation, which she got to explore as a policy intern. Following her Policy internship, Abby will stay at AGI as a Research Intern in the Critical Issues Program creating outreach materials on the importance and applications of geologic mapping in collaboration with the USGS National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program (NCGMP).