RFG 2018 Conference


Lily Strelich

Lily Strelich is a Geoscience Policy Intern with the American Geosciences Institute. She graduated in May 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Geology from Occidental College. As an undergraduate, she volunteered with the National Institute of Archaeology in Bulgaria, and studied environmental policy in Berlin. She earned academic distinction for her senior thesis, written on exhumation and uplift in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where she attended field camp. Lily’s research interests include oceanography, hazard mitigation, unconventional resources, and Arctic geopolitics. She plans to continue promoting the geosciences as a science writer. She is originally from Santa Barbara, California.



Eliana Perlmutter

Eliana Perlmutter is a Geosciences major and Engineering minor at Smith College where she also focuses her studies on American Government. At Smith she studies microfossils from after the Snowball Earth global glaciations in the Neoproterozoic Era. Her other research interests include bridging geology and technology by learning more about the applications of lidar. She previously interned with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration investigating dolphin health in the coastal waters of Charleston, SC. A member of the Sigma Xi scientific research society and a 2011 winner of the FIRST Robotics World Championship, Eliana loves to share her passion for science with students through STEM outreach. Eliana is a circus arts enthusiast who came to AGI from Stow, MA.

Scott Miller

Scott Miller graduated in May 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Geology from Appalachian State University. During his undergraduate career Scott was able to map the Sevier Orogeny and resulting Inner Cretaceous Seaway, the historic shorelines of Lake Bonneville, and the two most recent Quaternary glacial retreats in the Ruby Mountains, Nevada.  Before interning at AGI, Scott curated mud cores at the Antarctic Marine Geology Research Facility at Florida State University. His research interests include geologic hazard mitigation and geothermal energy production.





Sophia Ford

Sophia Ford has a bachelor’s degree in Geology from Kansas State University. Her undergraduate research focused on groundwater contamination from naturally occurring arsenic in the Bengal Delta of India. As an undergraduate she worked on a collaborative project with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and Kansas State to remediate groundwater that had been contaminated from a fertilizer spill. Both research experiences strengthened her desire to understand geoscience policy. Sophia currently works as an Assistant Scientist at HydroGeoLogic in Kansas City, Missouri, and plans to enter the Peace Corps in the spring of 2015. 





Brittany Huhmann

Brittany Huhmann has a bachelor’s degree in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Washington University in St. Louis and a master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Iowa. She has worked in geoscience policy, education, and outreach with Washington University’s Environmental Law Clinic, the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, and Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center. She has also contributed to policy-relevant science research at state and federal government laboratories on topics ranging from fish population genetics to remediation of radionuclide-contaminated soils. This fall she will begin work toward a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT, where her research will focus on geologic arsenic contamination of groundwater in Bangladesh.



John Kemper

John Kemper graduated with a Bachelor of Science with honors in Geology from the University of Maryland in May 2013. His undergraduate research focused on sediment transport and the effect of urbanization and land use changes on stream channel morphology. John’s research interests include the effects of sediment supply and grain size on sediment transport dynamics and channel morphology, rainfall-runoff relationships and flood forecasting, and sediment transport and channel morphology in general. He plans to begin work toward a graduate degree in hydrology in the near future. He is originally from Philadelphia, PA.




Clinton Koch

Clinton Koch graduated in May 2013 from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, SD, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology and a minor geospatial technologies. As part of his undergraduate studies, Clint participated in research studying the acoustic velocities and magnetic susceptibilities of several thousand feet of core from the former Homestake Gold Mine located in Lead, SD. Following his internship at AGI, Clinton will be pursuing a Master of Geoscience at the University of Arizona with an emphasis in geophysics. His interests include crustal structure, seismology, tectonics, and energy production. He is originally from Brookfield, WI.


Kimberley Corwin

Kimberley graduated with honors from Wellesley College in May 2011 with a B.A. degree in Geosciences and Medieval/Renaissance Studies.  As an undergraduate, she conducted research through Wellesley and the Cape Cod National Seashore examining the effects of extensive vegetative dieback on the dynamics of sediment transport, deposition, and carbon sequestration within a salt marsh system. The results were presented at the 2009 Geological Society of America’s annual meeting.  After graduation, she interned at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History with the Cities Under the Sea Geoarchaeology Program. She conducted research on the development of a new method for assessing sediment compaction and subsequent sea-level rise along the northern third of the Nile Delta and co-authored the resulting paper in the Journal of Coastal Research.  Her future goals center on working at the intersection of seismology, geohazards, and disaster management and policy. Kimberley is from Vail, Colorado.


Kathryn Kynett

Kathryn graduated in 2010 with a B.S. in Earth Sciences and a concentration in Environmental Geology from the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC). She received honors for her senior thesis which investigated the influence of ocean acidification and anoxia on marine invertebrate ecology during the Permian—Triassic Extinction. Kathryn recently defended her M.S. thesis in Geosciences at San Francisco State University (SFSU). Her M.S. thesis focuses on understanding the Pliocene warm period through utilizing Mg/Ca and oxygen isotope values of planktonic foraminifera to reconstruct thermocline depth in the south Atlantic subtropical gyre over the past four million years. She has been awarded an Achievement Reward for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation award for her research as well as the James C. Kelley Scholarship and a Pestrong Research Grant. Kathryn has worked at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, at the California Academy of Sciences and as a teaching assistant at SFSU. Kathryn’s interests include science policy, paleoclimatology, oceanography, remote sensing, water and energy resources as well as geoscience education.

Publications while at AGI: Congress Deadline Looms; Is Helium Doomed?AAPG ExplorerDecember 2012.

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