RFG 2018 Conference


Katja Luxem

Katja was a Critical Issues intern at AGI after her second year as a doctoral student in Geosciences at Princeton University. Her graduate research is investigating how constraints on microbial growth, like energy and electrons, control globally important processes like nitrogen fixation, the reaction that converts inert nitrogen gas into fertilizing ammonia. She worked with the Critical Issues team to help create resources to help decision makers apply knowledge from her field of microbial biogeochemistry to the challenges facing their communities. Prior to her graduate work, Katja studied chemistry (B.S. 2014) and geobiology (M.S. 2014) at Caltech and did research at ETH Zurich as a Fulbright Fellow.




Abby Ackerman

Abby Ackerman graduated with her Bachelors in Geology from Bryn Mawr College in 2017. While in undergrad, she worked on research projects ranging from Martian mineralogical analysis to museum mineral curation and work on coal-related acid mine drainage (AMD) sites in Pennsylvania. Her EARTH Magazine article, published in the January/February 2018 issue, focuses on federal policies surrounding AMD legislation, which she got to explore as a policy intern. Following her Policy internship, Abby will stay at AGI as a Research Intern in the Critical Issues Program creating outreach materials on the importance and applications of geologic mapping in collaboration with the USGS National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program (NCGMP).



Franklin Wolfe

Franklin Wolfe received a bachelor's degree in Geology from Washington and Lee University in 2016. His undergraduate thesis focused on using zircon (U-Th)/He dating to better constrain the exhumation history of the Ruby Mountains-East Humboldt Range metamorphic core complex in northeastern Nevada. Inspired by a coal ash spill in his home state of North Carolina, Franklin studied the potential to extract critical rare earth metals from coal ash disposal sites during his time at AGI. This fall, he will begin a Ph.D. program in structural geology through Harvard University's Earth and Planetary Sciences Program.




Meg Freiberger

Meg Freiberger graduated from Bowdoin College in 2016 with degrees in Chemistry and Earth and Oceanographic Science. Her undergraduate honors project investigated trace metal proxies in bamboo coral calcite as part of her lab’s broader effort to reconstruct intermediate water conditions in the California Margin over the past century or more. As a policy intern, Meg enjoyed following the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommittee and writing about the environmental challenges associated with Arctic offshore drilling. This fall, Meg will begin her pursuit of a Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Sciences from Columbia University, with a focus on paleoclimate and marine geochemistry.




Liana Agrios

Liana Agrios received a Bachelor of Science in Geology and Environmental Geosciences with a minor in Environmental Science from Lafayette College in 2014. Her undergraduate thesis focused on the origin and composition of cobbles in portions of the Newark Basin in New Jersey and New York. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Geology at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) to better understand ice streams in the Weddell Sea Embayment in Antarctica. At AGI, she enjoyed exploring permafrost hazards and the adaptation strategies of coastal cities to address sea level rise and other climate change hazards. After graduate school, she hopes to work in a job that applies geology to address real world environmental problems facing society. 




Sam Jacobson

Sam Jacobson is a rising junior at Bucknell University majoring in Geology and East Asian Studies. His primary interest lies in economic geology and the consequences of exploiting mineral resources, particularly in regard to Chinese policy. He previously researched community health indicators in central Pennsylvania and helped sign people up for the Affordable Care Act. While at AGI, Sam assisted in the development of the 2016 Critical Needs Document and reported on the state of rare earth elements in the U.S.  He is active in his school's outdoor education department and hopes to spend some time in China.  




Archie Creech, Jr.

Archie Creech is an Environmental Science major at the University of Alabama. Outside of school, Archie works at the Geological Survey of Alabama, where he works in the Hydrologic division as part of the Statewide Groundwater Assessment program. He also worked as an intern for the North River Watershed, a nonprofit that promotes water sustainability and environmental awareness in the North River Watershed north of Tuscaloosa, AL. Archie is interested in water resources, especially quantity, and how humans generally interact with the environment around them. In the future, he hopes to work in environmental policy and law and work to facilitate science communication among the scientific community, policymakers, and the public.


Kalev Hantsoo

Kalev Hantsoo earned his bachelor's degree in Geology from the University of Maryland. His undergraduate thesis focused on the feedback effects between ocean chemistry and animal evolution in the early Cambrian Period. The project included field work with a team of paleontologists and geochemists at the official Ediacaran-Cambrian boundary, located on the coast of Newfoundland. At AGI, Kalev is researching the economic prospects of carbon capture technology and examining how western states are responding to the ongoing drought. After his internship, Kalev begins graduate work at Penn State, where he will study carbon cycling and climate change in the geologic past.




Zachary Schagrin

Zachary Schagrin is currently working towards a Master’s degree in Geosciences at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on developing a chemostratigraphy of the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania, using radiation as a proxy for natural gas levels. Some of his other research interests include ultramafic petrology and serpentine soils. Zachary also completed his undergraduate degree at West Chester University, earning a Bachelor’s in Political Science with a concentration in Public Policy and a minor in Geology. Here, he examined the use of the filibuster in the United States Senate. He is originally from Levittown, PA.




Lily Strelich

Lily Strelich is a Geoscience Policy Intern with the American Geosciences Institute. She graduated in May 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Geology from Occidental College. As an undergraduate, she volunteered with the National Institute of Archaeology in Bulgaria, and studied environmental policy in Berlin. She earned academic distinction for her senior thesis, written on exhumation and uplift in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where she attended field camp. Lily’s research interests include oceanography, hazard mitigation, unconventional resources, and Arctic geopolitics. She plans to continue promoting the geosciences as a science writer. She is originally from Santa Barbara, California.




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