RFG 2018 Conference


Meg Freiberger

Meg Freiberger graduated from Bowdoin College in 2016 with degrees in Chemistry and Earth and Oceanographic Science. Her undergraduate honors project investigated trace metal proxies in bamboo coral calcite as part of her lab’s broader effort to reconstruct intermediate water conditions in the California Margin over the past century or more. As a policy intern, Meg enjoyed following the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommittee and writing about the environmental challenges associated with Arctic offshore drilling. This fall, Meg will begin her pursuit of a Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Sciences from Columbia University, with a focus on paleoclimate and marine geochemistry.




Liana Agrios

Liana Agrios received a Bachelor of Science in Geology and Environmental Geosciences with a minor in Environmental Science from Lafayette College in 2014. Her undergraduate thesis focused on the origin and composition of cobbles in portions of the Newark Basin in New Jersey and New York. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Geology at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) to better understand ice streams in the Weddell Sea Embayment in Antarctica. At AGI, she enjoyed exploring permafrost hazards and the adaptation strategies of coastal cities to address sea level rise and other climate change hazards. After graduate school, she hopes to work in a job that applies geology to address real world environmental problems facing society. 




Madeline Atkins

Madeline Atkins received bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Geology and Environmental Studies with a minor in Political Science from Case Western Reserve University in 2015. Her undergraduate thesis focused on volcanic tuffs to study paleoclimate and vertebrate evolution in Eastern Africa. While at AGI, Madeline studied the future of nuclear waste disposal in the United States. After leaving AGI, she will be joining The Nature Conservancy as a federal policy intern. This fall she will begin her master’s degree in Environmental Management at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment with a concentration in water resources management.




Danielle Woodring

Danielle earned her bachelors degree in Geology from University of Kansas where she specialized in structural geology. Her thesis focused on mapping a region in the Southeast Owlshead Mountains in Death Valley National Park. At AGI, Danielle is focusing on the research and policy implications of the ongoing drought in the western United States. She is currently applying to graduate progarms where she hopes to continue her focus in structural geology. 





Sam Jacobson

Sam Jacobson is a rising junior at Bucknell University majoring in Geology and East Asian Studies. His primary interest lies in economic geology and the consequences of exploiting mineral resources, particularly in regard to Chinese policy. He previously researched community health indicators in central Pennsylvania and helped sign people up for the Affordable Care Act. While at AGI, Sam assisted in the development of the 2016 Critical Needs Document and reported on the state of rare earth elements in the U.S.  He is active in his school's outdoor education department and hopes to spend some time in China.  




Archie Creech, Jr.

Archie Creech is an Environmental Science major at the University of Alabama. Outside of school, Archie works at the Geological Survey of Alabama, where he works in the Hydrologic division as part of the Statewide Groundwater Assessment program. He also worked as an intern for the North River Watershed, a nonprofit that promotes water sustainability and environmental awareness in the North River Watershed north of Tuscaloosa, AL. Archie is interested in water resources, especially quantity, and how humans generally interact with the environment around them. In the future, he hopes to work in environmental policy and law and work to facilitate science communication among the scientific community, policymakers, and the public.


Kalev Hantsoo

Kalev Hantsoo earned his bachelor's degree in Geology from the University of Maryland. His undergraduate thesis focused on the feedback effects between ocean chemistry and animal evolution in the early Cambrian Period. The project included field work with a team of paleontologists and geochemists at the official Ediacaran-Cambrian boundary, located on the coast of Newfoundland. At AGI, Kalev is researching the economic prospects of carbon capture technology and examining how western states are responding to the ongoing drought. After his internship, Kalev begins graduate work at Penn State, where he will study carbon cycling and climate change in the geologic past.




Piper Lewis

Piper Lewis received her undergraduate degree in Geosciences from Earlham College. As an undergraduate she worked on the Early Farming in Dalmatia project performing geochemical analysis of early agricultural archeology sites. She also had the honor of assisting in scientific research on the USCGC Healy, a Coast Guard icebreaker in the Arctic Ocean. Before interning at AGI, Piper worked as a geosciences interpreter and podcast developer at Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming. She enjoys narrating audiobooks and is an aspiring novelist. She is interested in marine and environmental sciences, and hopes to eventually work in science and policy communications.




Peri Sasnett

Peri Sasnett earned her bachelor’s degree in Earth Science from Columbia University with a minor in American History. She completed her Master’s in Geology at the University of Canterbury, focusing on active tectonics, while on a Fulbright fellowship to New Zealand. Since then, she has been an interpretive geologist for the National Park Service in the Grand Canyon and Grand Canyon National Parks through the GeoCorps program. She has worked to inspire curiosity and respect for science within the general public, and to connect park visitors with their public lands through a deeper understanding of the processes that have shaped those landscapes. She is currently a guest scientist in Yosemite National Park, and she hopes to continue to combine her interests in science policy and natural hazards.



Zachary Schagrin

Zachary Schagrin is currently working towards a Master’s degree in Geosciences at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on developing a chemostratigraphy of the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania, using radiation as a proxy for natural gas levels. Some of his other research interests include ultramafic petrology and serpentine soils. Zachary also completed his undergraduate degree at West Chester University, earning a Bachelor’s in Political Science with a concentration in Public Policy and a minor in Geology. Here, he examined the use of the filibuster in the United States Senate. He is originally from Levittown, PA.





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