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 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.
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.
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 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)
Charna, who recieved both her bachelor's and master's degrees in geology from the University of Texas at Austin, will be spending nearly four months with AGI attending congressional hearings, researching policy issues, and writing issue updates for the program's web site. We gratefully acknowledge stipend support for the internship provided by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.
Charna is now the Assistant Director of the U.S. Science Support Program for the Consortium for Ocean Leadership. (8/09)
Annette, a geology doctoral candidate at the University of Texas, El Paso, will be spending fourteen weeks at AGI getting a first-hand look at the federal legislative process and the operation of executive branch agencies. AGI gratefully acknowledges support from AAPG for the semester internships.