RFG 2018 Conference


Krista Rybacki

Krista Rybacki graduated from Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and Geophysics with an emphasis in Geochemistry in May 2012. As part of her undergraduate studies, Krista participated in research studying the flood sediment deposits in the scour valley from the Taum Sauk Reservoir failure. She was active in the department and community as a member of C.L. Dake Geological Society/AAPG, Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and Sigma Gamma Epsilon Honor Society. In spring of 2012, Krista was inducted into Missouri S&T’s Mines and Metallurgy Academy and graduated with highest honors. Her interests include climate studies, geochemistry research, and science education. This summer, Krista is looking forward to the opportunity to gain insight on the processes between the geosciences and public policy.  She is originally from Nashville, IL.



Beth Hoagland

Nell (Beth) Hoagland is a rising junior at Washington University in St. Louis where she is working on a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Earth Sciences. Her research focuses on reconstructing the geochemical history of Mars through isotopic analyses of sulfate evaporites.  Beth is passionate about community service and is involved in many service-oriented activities including preparation of meals for local homeless shelters, tutoring, and involvement in a community service honor society. During her time with AGI, Beth hopes to learn more about her geoscience interests, including hydrology and water equality, oceanography, and alternative energies, from a policy perspective. She is originally from Louisville, KY.


Stephen Ginley

Stephen Ginley is a rising senior at the University of Maryland, College Park studying geology. His main research interests are high temperature geochemistry and mineralogy and he will be conducting a thesis project on the origin of Albanian ophiolites with Dr. Richard Walker in the 2012-2013 academic year. He is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma Honors Societies and is the social chair of the Alpha Rho chapter of Alpha Chi Sigma, the professional chemistry fraternity. Last spring he worked to replenish bayou swamps in Louisiana with the National Relief Network and is eager to continue changing lives with geology this summer with AGI. He is originally from East Rockaway, NY.


Aaron Rodriguez

Aaron Rodriguez is a student at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, UT where he will be receiving his Bachelor’s of Science (BS) in Geology upon the completion of field camp in the summer of 2012.  As a part of his undergraduate research project, Aaron worked on the Miocene River Project in Northern Arizona and Southeast Nevada with Dr. John MacLean.  Aaron was a student-athlete for four years at Southern Utah University where he endured the rigors of playing division 1-AA college football.  He was active in the community volunteering at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) sponsored events like National Parks Clean Up Day, Youth Scavenger Hunts, and Youth Mountain Bike Rides.

Aaron has been accepted to the University of Idaho Department of Geological Sciences and will begin in the fall of 2012 after finishing field camp. (05/12)

Publications while at AGI: Hydraulic Fracturing Spawns New RegsAAPGExplorerApril 2012.

Geology a Factor in Fracturing RegsAAPG Explorer, May 2012.

Erin Camp

Erin Camp, a native of Santa Monica, CA, graduated in 2011 from Amherst College with a B.A. in Geology. Her senior thesis focused on mercury retention in peat bogs and its correlation with paleoclimate and paleovolcanism. While at Amherst, she was heavily involved with the environmental club on campus, played varsity volleyball all four years, and spent lots of time exploring the outdoors of beautiful New England. Erin interned with the Wilderness Society (DC) in the summer of 2009, studied abroad for a semester in New Zealand during her junior year, and also participated in an Earth Systems field camp while abroad. Her academic and career interests include alternative energy technology, sustainability systems, geoscience education, and environmental issues on a global scale.

Erin is now working as a Geothermal Energy Analyst for SRA, International at the Department of Energy in Washington, DC and will begin an Earth Energy PhD program in the fall at Cornell University. (3/12)

Publications while at AGI: Casing Gets Early Blame in Fracturing StudiesAAPG Explorer, January 2012; AAPG GEO-DC blog post.

Victoria Bierwirth

Victoria Bierwirth will be graduating with her Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Engineering and minor in Geospatial Technology in May 2014 from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Her interests in politics and natural resources led her to work in former Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth Sandlin’s field office in Rapid City and as a park guide at Jewel Cave National Monument. At each location, she communicated the importance of national resources on a political and educational level, respectively. She came to AGI after completing an internship at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and is interested in energy, space, and public lands policy.

Vicki has been selected to the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program for Young Professionals and will spend a year studying geological engineering and participating in an internship in Germany. (04/12)

Publications while at AGI: What Makes a National Park Awesome?: The Geology, of CourseThe Professional Geologist, Nov/Dec 2011

Erica Dalman

Erica Dalman is a rising senior at Grand Valley State University (GVSU), where she will graduate with a B.S. in Geology and a minor in International Business. She is a member of the Fredrick Meijer Honor’s College and an active student life participant as president of Sabrosísimo (GVSU’s latin dance group). Erica came to us from the state of Michigan by way of Venezuela; she is bilingual, fluent in Spanish and English. In the summer of 2010, she was selected to participate in an ExxonMobil/GSA undergraduate field course.  Erica has presented a joint geoscience education research poster at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting (Oct. 2010). She recently completed field camp in the Republic of South Africa and hopes her career as a geologist will continue to open opportunities for travel.

Erica will begin graduate school at the University of Kansas in 2012 and will be conducting neotectonics research in the Andes Mountains of Columbia. (5/12)

Publications while at AGI: Adapting a Nation to an Ever Changing OceanThe Professional Geologist, Nov/Dec 2011

Presentation to the American Institute of Professional Geologists:Three Interns on Capitol Hill, September 2011

Lauren Herwehe

Lauren received a B.S. in Geosciences and a B.A. in Geography in May 2011 from Pennsylvania State University (Penn State). She graduated from the Schreyer Honors College and completed her senior thesis on the use of electrical resistivity imaging to model the flow of acid mine drainage.  She spent a summer in Germany as a research assistant studying landscape development during the Holocene.  She studied abroad for a semester in Ghana and has done research projects in West Philadelphia, Bulgaria, and India.  At Penn State she volunteered as a high school math tutor, education abroad Peer Advisor, and community language partner.  Lauren’s policy interests include water and energy resources, climate change, and science education.  In her free time she enjoys running, trying to learn Persian, drinking good coffee, grocery shopping, looking at maps, reading, and eating Indian food.

Lauren is currently abroad in Tajikistan studying water resource issues on a Fulbright grant. You can follow her blog here. (05/12)

Publications while at AGI: Developing Alaska's Oil and Gas Resources: How Should the U.S. Proceed?The Professional Geologist, Nov/Dec 2011

Dana Thomas

Dana completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Geology at Louisiana State University in August of 2010. She served as a field assistant in the Beartooth Mountains of Montana looking at metamorphic rocks as an early Earth analogy and as a laboratory assistant for clay mineral analysis with Professor Ray Ferrell. She was an active member of the LSU Geology Club, organizing educational visits to K-12 classes and coordinating member field trips. She spent a summer as a geology intern for Southwestern Energy Company analyzing a potential oil field. Within the community, Dana has devoted more than 4 years of time as a swim instructor for Crawfish Aquatics of Baton Rouge and as a Reading Friend for Volunteers in Public Schools in Baton Rouge. She started her internship in January 2011 after traveling through Southeast Asia and is interested in energy policy and science education.

Dana will be attending Stanford University in the fall of 2011 to begin an advanced geoscience degree with a research focus on geochemical aspects of carbon sequestration and mineral trapping.

Matt Ampleman

Matt graduated from Washington University (St. Louis) in May, receiving his B.A. in Earth and Planetary Sciences with a minor in legal studies. As an undergraduate, Matt studied carbon sequestration in restored tallgrass prairies for his senior thesis, looking closely at the link between plant diversity and productivity. He has also researched greenhouse gas exchange in turf grass lawns for a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), and has served as a student consultant, specializing in hydrology, for the Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic at Washington University. He is interested in carbon sequestration in terrestrial ecosystems, federal water policy, and biofuels. 

Matt is an Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education (DOE) Fellow. He works with the Climate Ready Water Utilities group -- helping water utilities adapt to climate change by providing a clear understanding of climate science and adaptation options. (4/11)

Publications while at AGI:
Ampleman, M.D.. Rare Earth Elements Face Supply Squeeze. AAPG Explorer, Dec 2010.


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