2020-2021 AGI Fisher Fellow Jakob Lindaas

Jakob Lindaas received his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University (CSU) studying local ozone air pollution in Colorado as well as nitrogen-containing gases and particles in western U.S. wildfire smoke. His scholarly focus on atmospheric chemistry and air quality research has made him passionate about connecting geoscientists to public policy and supporting active scientific participation in public decision-making processes, he said on accepting the fellowship.  Lindaas organized a poster networking event that connected 21 graduate students from diverse fields throughout CSU with local government and community leaders in Fort Collins, Colorado. In his career, he hopes to continue to find ways to support and encourage geoscientists' engagement in public policy decisions, from local to national levels.
Previously, Lindaas earned a master's degree in Atmospheric Science from CSU and a B.A. in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard University. Prior to enrolling in graduate school, he worked as a research assistant in the Harvard Earth and Planetary Science Department focusing on greenhouse gas flux estimates from urban and arctic environments.

Advances in critical mineral research: A forum in memory of Victor Labson

Friday, February 12, 2021

Organized by the Geological Survey of Canada, Geoscience Australia, and the United States Geological Survey

Sponsored by the World Community of Geological Surveys and hosted by the American Geosciences Institute

New critical mineral deposits are required to secure the supply of natural resources that are used in today’s advanced technologies. The discovery and sustainable development of these new deposits represents a global chal­lenge. Governments and international geological survey organizations are responding by improved multinational cooperation, data sharing, and through investments in geoscientific research. This Critical Minerals Forum brings together representatives from multiple geological surveys organizations to provide an update on the latest geoscience results and to discuss future critical mineral research.

Presentations will focus on advanced mineral system models that are appli­cable to critical minerals and new methods for modelling mineral potential in buried, remote, and/or other challenging mineral exploration settings. Both of these research themes are included within the new Critical Mineral Mapping Initiative that is being conducted between the Geological Survey of Canada, Geoscience Australia, and the United States Geological Survey. Global efforts to expand this collaboration, including the development of an online geo­chemical portal for critical mineral deposits, will be discussed as part of this special session and is open to further contributions, research, and analysis.


The Critical Minerals Forum will be hosted as a set of three regional sessions (Americas, Europe and Africa, and Asia and Oceania). Each regional forum will feature lectures from science policy experts and geoscientists during a live plenary and moderated discussion session with attendees. All pre-recorded science and policy presentations will be made available on­line the Monday prior to the corresponding live plenary and discussion sessions. The pre-recorded science and policy presentations will also be aired live prior to the corresponding plenary and discussion session.

All plenary and discussion sessions will be conducted in English with live captioning in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Modern Chinese, and Hindi.

Please contact Christopher Lawley at christopher.lawley@canada.ca with any questions about this webinar series.

Event Materials

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Americas - 12 February 2021
The role of geological survey organizations to advance critical mineral research

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Moderator, Presenters and Panelists

  • Geoff Plumlee (moderator), United States Geological Survey, USA
  • Warren Day and Anne McCafferty (plenary speakers), United States Geological Survey, USA
  • Geneviève Marquis, Geological Survey of Canada, Canada
  • Jean-Yves Labbé, Québec Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources Naturelles, Canada
  • Natalia Amezcua, Servicio Geológico Mexicano, Mexico
  • Felipe Espinoza, Servicio Nacional de Geología y Minería, Chile
  • Felipe Mattos Tavares, Serviço Geológico do Brasil, Brazil

Europe and Africa - 19 February 2021
The past, present, and future directions of critical mineral research

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Moderator, Presenters and Panelists

  • Geneviève Marquis (moderator), Geological Survey of Canada, Canada
  • Daniel de Oliveira and Javier González Sanz (plenary speakers), Laboratório Nacional de Energia e Geologia and Instituto Geológico y Minero de España, Portugal and Spain
  • Saku Vuori, Geologian Tutkimuskeskus, Finland
  • Kathryn Goodenough, British Geological Survey, United Kingdom
  • Blandine Gourcerol, Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières, France
  • Håvard Gautneb and Janja Knežević Solberg, Norges Geologiske Undersøkelse, Norway
  • Lesego Peter and Puso Akanyang, Botswana Geoscience Institute, Botswana
  • Taufeeq Dhansay, Council for Geoscience, South Africa

Asia and Oceania Session - 26 February 2021
Geoscience to support critical mineral discovery

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Moderator, Presenters and Panelists

  • Andrew Heap (moderator), Geoscience Australia, Australia
  • Karol Czarnota (plenary speaker), Geoscience Australia, Australia
  • Young Joo Lee, Coordinating Committee for Geoscience Programmes in East and Southeast Asia, Thailand
  • Seong-Jun Cho, Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources, South Korea
  • Regine Morgenstern and Rose Turnbull, GNS, New Zealand
  • Helen Degeling, Geological Survey of Queensland, Australia
  • Dattatreya Jeere, Sandip Roy, and Muduru Dora, Geological Survey of India, India

Earth Scientists in Congress: Life on the Hill during a Pandemic and National Election

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Five current Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows share insights from their first two months on working as staff members for Congressional offices and Committees and ways earth scientists at all career stages can get involved in federal science policy. The panel of fellows will share their thoughts for ~30 minutes and then open the floor for audience questions.


Earth Scientists in Congress: Life on the Hill during a Pandemic and National Election

AGI Releases Critical Needs Document for 2020

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — With Election Day rapidly approaching, the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) and its federation of geoscience Member Societies have collaborated again to provide an overview of critical issues and policy recommendations for the next presidential administration, federal agencies, and the U.S. Congress. The 30-page document, Geosciences Supporting a Thriving Society in a Changing World, informs policymakers about ways that the geoscience community's knowledge, experience, and ingenuity can address society's most pressing issues. 

Managing Waste Disposal

To optimize the balance between resource use and a healthy society:

Assess the safety of disposing of liquid waste in deep wells. This method of disposal is commonly used to dispose of treated wastewater, chemicals, and oil field brines, but it can potentially induce earthquakes or contaminate groundwater. Geoscience investigations can help make this type of disposal safer.

Oceans and Coastal Opportunities

To ensure the long-term sustainable use of our oceans, coastal resources, and polar regions:

Conduct basic and applied research on ocean and coastal issues. An improved understanding of ocean and coastal processes will help protect the oceans and marine life, increase resilience of coastal communities, and promote economic growth by constructing accurate scenarios for the ocean’s behavior in the future.

Mineral Resources for the Future Economy

To support a secure supply of minerals the U.S. needs to:

Assess the nature and distribution of domestic mineral resources, especially critical minerals, and improve the topographic, geological, and geophysical mapping of the United States to ensure this information is available for both industry and government. Fundamental information on the Nation’s mineral resources is essential for government, industry, energy, defense, environmental, financial, and community decision making, including technology and trade policies.

Building Resiliency to Natural Hazards

To minimize the potential impact of natural hazards:

Encourage basic and applied research to strengthen community resilience by minimizing impacts on people and infrastructure. Geoscientists study the links between natural hazards and Earth processes and how natural hazards impact society. They identify hazard-prone areas through geologic mapping and LiDAR technology, and advise on transportation planning, land-use practices, and building codes, leading to more resilient communities.


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