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Kathryn Kynett

Kathryn graduated in 2010 with a B.S. in Earth Sciences and a concentration in Environmental Geology from the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC). She received honors for her senior thesis which investigated the influence of ocean acidification and anoxia on marine invertebrate ecology during the Permian—Triassic Extinction. Kathryn recently defended her M.S. thesis in Geosciences at San Francisco State University (SFSU). Her M.S. thesis focuses on understanding the Pliocene warm period through utilizing Mg/Ca and oxygen isotope values of planktonic foraminifera to reconstruct thermocline depth in the south Atlantic subtropical gyre over the past four million years. She has been awarded an Achievement Reward for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation award for her research as well as the James C. Kelley Scholarship and a Pestrong Research Grant. Kathryn has worked at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, at the California Academy of Sciences and as a teaching assistant at SFSU. Kathryn’s interests include science policy, paleoclimatology, oceanography, remote sensing, water and energy resources as well as geoscience education.

Publications while at AGI: Congress Deadline Looms; Is Helium Doomed?AAPG ExplorerDecember 2012.

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.

EARTH: Here Comes the Solar Maximum

In 1859, the largest recorded coronal mass ejection from the sun, known as the Carrington Event, disrupted what little electrical technology was used at the time. Back then, that meant the temporary disruption of the telegraph system. Today, without an effective warning mechanism in place, a solar storm of that magnitude could wreak havoc on our technology-dependent world. And with the solar maximum predicted to occur later this year, scientists and policymakers are scrambling to prepare us for when the next big solar storm hits.

Overview of Fiscal Year 2013 Appropriations

Choose an agency below to view AGI's analysis of the President's request for key geoscience-related agencies as well as detailed program and account information. Each of the appropriations pages provides a summary table, an overview of the budget request, and congressional action on the agency or department.

Monthly Review: November 2012

The American Geosciences Institute’s monthly review of geosciences and policy goes out to the leadership of AGI's member societies, members of the AGI Geoscience Policy Committee, and others as part of a continuing effort to improve communications about the role of geoscience in policy. The current monthly review and archived monthly reviews are all available online.

Monthly Review: October 2012

The American Geosciences Institute’s monthly review of geosciences and policy goes out to the leadership of AGI's member societies, members of the AGI Geoscience Policy Committee, and others as part of a continuing effort to improve communications about the role of geoscience in policy. The current monthly review and archived monthly reviews are all available online.

AGI Statement on the Conviction of Italian Seismologists

On October 22, 2012, in L'Aquila, Italy, six seismologists and one Italian government official were convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to six years in prison. The seismologists and official had been on trial for not adequately warning the public about the danger of a potential earthquake prior to the L'Aquila earthquake in April 2009 that killed 309 people. Central to the question of manslaughter was whether there was a direct link between the reassuring statements of the commission on which the defendants served and the deaths from the earthquake.

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