John Vermylen

In May, John earned his Bachelor's in geology from Princeton University, and this coming fall, he will head right back to school to pursue a PhD in Geophysics from Stanford University. John has a strong interest in carbon sequestration research, and he will continue to follow developments in national energy policy as well as natural hazards and mining legislation for the Government Affairs Program through August.

Publications while at AGI: 
Vermylen, J. Where to Put Liquefied Natural Gas, The Professional Geologist, Nov 2005.

John is attending Stanford University for his Ph.D. in Geophysics. (8/09)

Katie Ackerly

Katie joined the Government Affairs Program on January 11th. She graduated last spring with a Bachelor of Arts in Geosciences from Williams College, and has recently moved to Washington, DC from her home in San Francisco, where she worked as a GIS mapping volunteer at the USGS in Menlo Park. Over the next few months she will be busy tracking legislation on the FY06 budget, The Clear Skies Act, national energy policy, and natural hazard mitigation efforts, among others.

See photo with the 2005 AIPG/AGI Summer Interns.

Katie is currently attending Architecture School. (8/09)

Dave Millar

Dave, originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, recently graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He double majored in Earth Sciences and Politics, and in 2003, he studied abroad for a full year at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. Now living in Washington DC and working in AGI's Government Affairs Program, Dave is learning first hand the realities of the appropriations process as well as tracking legislation on climate change, oceans policy, global earth observation, and energy. His internship will extend through mid-December.

Bridget Martin

Bridget is originally from Helena, MT and is currently a senior at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. She is majoring in geology with a comparative politics minor. Bridget has worked as an intern for the Dutchess County Soil and Water Conservation District, at an organic farm in Montana, and as a page in the Montana State Senate. She has also participated in the Presidential Classroom program. This summer, Bridget became the resident expert on the timely issue of high oil and gas prices as well as mercury contamination.

Publications while at AGI:
Martin, B. Pining over Defining Refining in a Doomed Generation of Regulations:Refining Capacity is One Tricky Business!!!, The Professional Geologist, Nov 2004.

Ashlee Dere

Ashlee is a senior at the California Polytechnic Institute, San Luis Obispo on the central coast of California where she is majoring in Earth science with a sustainable environments minor. Originally from San Diego, CA, she has worked as an intern with the City of San Diego Environmental Services Department and has participated in soil judging and other student activities sponsored by the Soil Science Society of America. Ashlee gained insight on budget issues, Yucca Mountain and natural hazards legislation this summer.

Publications while at AGI:
Dere, A. Earth Science and Congress: An Inseparable Duo, The Professional Geologist, Nov 2004.

Gayle Levy

Gayle comes to us from the University of Georgia where she received her MS in geology. Her thesis involved studying the evolutionary biology of brachiopods. Now in Washington, she will spend quality time on Capitol Hill observing the budget process and election-year politics at their finest. In May, Gayle will take a position as the Outreach Specialist at the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS).

Deric Learman

Deric Learman received his bachelor’s degree in geology from Central Michigan University in May and began graduate school in environmental geochemistry at Virginia Tech this fall.

Publications while at AGI:
Learnman, D. High Energy Cost Sparks Congressional Interest, The Professional Geologist, Nov 2003.

Deric completed his PhD in Geosciences at Virginia Tech and was a research associate at Harvard. Deric is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Central Michigan University (8/11)


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