Rachel Potter

Rachel received her BA in Earth Sciences from Boston University and recently completed her MS in Geology from the University of Maryland. Her MS research in geochemistry focused on the Bushveld Complex of South Africa. In June she will present her thesis work at the Goldschmidt conference in Switzerland. Rachel is now devoting her time to understanding geoscience policy in Washington, especially at this time of transition and change in DC.

Publications while at AGI:
Potter, R. Policymakers Making Waves About Ocean Acidification.The Professional Geologist, Jan/Feb 2010

Potter, R. Energy Department Seeks to Spark Scientific Innovation.EARTH Magazine, Nov 2009, pp. 28


Stephanie Praus

Stephanie graduated in May from the University of Michigan with a BSE in Earth Systems Science and Engineering, concentrating in climate physics. During college, she studied the feasibility of incorporating the agriculture sector into a California carbon cap and trade market, and the mechanisms communities are using to adapt to climate change. She also worked for the Michigan Environmental Council in 2008, tracking state and federal legislation related to environmental issues. She will be starting at the University of Maryland in the fall to pursue a Master’s of Public Policy, concentrating in environmental policy. Stephanie is originally from Buffalo, New York. 

Publications while at AGI:
Praus, S. Will Nuclear Power Grow in a Low Carbon Economy?The Professional Geologist, Jan/Feb 2010

Praus, S. Mining Reform on the Table, Again. EARTH Magazine, Oct 2009, pp. 25

Stephanie graduated from UMD and is now back in Washington, DC as an analyst at International Technology and Trade Associates. (9/11)

Clint Carney

Clint comes to AGI from Colorado where he has spent the last few years working towards an MSc degree in hydrology at the Colorado School of Mines. Clint earned his BS in geology and environmental studies at Iowa State University and an MS in geology at Northern Illinois University prior to working professionally as a hydrogeologist for a multi-agency groundwater modeling study of the High Plains aquifer in Nebraska. Clint is also a registered professional geologist in the state of Nebraska.

Publications while at AGI:
Carney, C. Water Gets Attention in Congress. EARTH Magazine, Aug 2009, pp. 26

Clint is currently a hydrogeologist for a consulting company in Denver, CO. (8/09)

Merilie Reynolds

Merilie has just finished earning a BA in geology from Smith College in Northampton, MA. Her field experiences during her time at Smith include monitoring stream water quality and quantity in a Costa Rican cloud forest and studying the geology of a copper-zinc deposit in rural Mexico. Both projects raised her awareness of how scientists can contribute to the social, economic, and political issues related to their research and she is excited to pursue that interest during her internship. Merilie grew up in rural Wisconsin and she is excited to take advantage of all the big city opportunities DC has to offer, including the thriving Ultimate Frisbee community.

Merilie is currently working in exploration geology for Barrick Gold in Winnemucca, Nevada. (8/09)

Corina Cerovski-Darriau

Corina Cerovski-Darriau just graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a BA in geology and a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies. She was recently sponsored by the Geological Society of America to attend UNESCO’s International Year of the Planet Earth as the US Student Representative. She was selected based on her essay about minimizing the risk/maximizing the awareness of natural hazards. Corina enjoys working as a liaison between the sciences and public policy and feels it is a nice combination of her interests. She also looks forward to touring the nation’s capital, experiencing thunderstorms and fireflies, and hopefully seeing a little geology

Publications while at AGI:
Cerovski-Darriau, C. Looking Forward in the Domestic Drilling Debate: What Direction Should Policy Take on Offshore Drilling. The Professional Geologist, Nov/Dec 2008

Cerovski-Darriau, C. Science and Policy: An Intern'sView. Geological Society of America.

Corina was the policy associate at AGI-GAP and is now working toward an advanced geology degree at University of Oregon. (6/10)

Jillian Luchner

Jillian Luchner comes to us from Boston, MA by way of California where she is completing a second undergraduate degree in Geology at Humboldt State University. After receiving an initial degree in economics from the University of Rochester, Jillian worked with an Americorps*VISTA program in California’s Central Valley. There she became interested in helping local governments better understand issues of science. She now enjoys focusing on issues of hydrology, hydrogeology and all things water. According to Jillian, she also “loves a good bike ride, a good book and a good burrito.”

Publications while at AGI:
Luchner, J. A Resurrection for Buried Heat - The Potential of Geothermal Energy in the United States Portfolio. The Professional Geologist,Nov/Dec 2008

Jillian is now teaching at Montessori school in Maryland. (8/09)

Laura Bochner

Laura is a rising junior at Lafayette College in Easton, PA and is studying Geology. Though she entered college as a pre-med biology major, Laura changed her major after taking field courses in Utah and Hawaii. Laura is interested in all issues surrounding the environment and geosciences, but she is especially interested in energy and climate change policy. At school, Laura has begun collaborative research with her Paleoclimatology professor on the intensification of Northern Hemisphere glaciation at the Plio-Pleistocene boundary. She has also been working with her hometown’s municipal Environmental Advisory Committee. Laura enjoys hiking, photography, and a good geology pun. She hails from the Pennsylvania suburbs and is excited about spending the summer in Washington, DC.

Publications while at AGI:
Bochner, L. Climate Change Legislation: Coming Soon? The Professional Geologist, Nov/Dec 2008

Bochner, L. Halfway Up the Hill: Six Weeks Into My
AIPG/AGI Internship Connecting Geoscience to Policy. The Professional Geologist, Nov/Dec 2008, pp. 46

Laura is graduating from Lafayette College in Pennsylvania in the spring of 2010 and will head to Santa Fe NM for a Geological Society of America GeoCorps internship. (8/09)

Elizabeth Landau

Liz comes to us from California, where she completed her B.S. in Geological Sciences at USC, and her MS, also in Geological Sciences, from San Diego State University. Liz is politically active and interested in a career in geosciences policy. She intends on staying in the Washington DC area to pursue her career, even if the weather is better in California.

Liz is currently the Public Affairs Manager at AGU. (8/13)


Sargon de Jesus

Sargon will graduate from Brown University with a Bachelor's degree in geoscience and comparative literature before coming to the summer internship. He plans to head back to Rhode Island to complete his Masters degree before considering a career in geoscience policy. He has conducted field work in Fish Lake Utah and Mt St Helens. Sargon is bilingual (English and French), proficient in Spanish and has acted in seven theater productions at Brown. He is originally from inside the Beltway and a graduate of Washington-Lee High School in Virginia.

Publications while at AGI: 
de Jesus, S. Independent Review of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: How Oversight May Help the Flow. The Professional Geologist, Jan/Feb 2008

Sargon completed his Masters in Geology at Brown in 2008He appeared on Who Wants to be a Millionaire in 2009 and currently works as a technical writer (03/10)

David P. McCormick II

Dave has just completed his sophomore year at Marietta College in Ohio where he is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in geoscience. He is originally from Fredonia, New York and is interested in becoming a petroleum geologist when he is finished with the internship. Dave spent 2 weeks in the Utah desert conducting field work with paleontologists and sedimentologists and then presented his work at a Geological Society of America meeting. He is an avid weightlifter and also a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity.

Publications while at AGI: 
McCormick, D.P. Carbon Capture and Storage: Congress Calls on Geoscientists to Lead the Way, The Professional Geologist, Jan/Feb 2008.

Dave is attending Marietta College in Ohio. (8/08)


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