RFG 2018 Conference


Cecilia Lopez-Gamundi

Cecilia received her B.S. in Geology from The University of Texas at Austin. As an undergraduate researcher for Dr. Mohrig and Dr. Kocurek, she worked on the Jurassic eastern Gulf of Mexico reconstruction project looking at areas of aeolian sand accumulation. Cecilia is currently finishing a M.S. in Geology at The University of Oklahoma with a focus in sedimentology and organic geochemistry under the guidance of Dr. Philp, Dr. Slatt, and Dr. Soreghan. Her thesis investigates the oxygenating potential of sediment gravity flows and their effect on basinal organic matter in Wolfcamp Formation, Midland Basin, TX. During her time at The University of Oklahoma, Cecilia participated in the Imperial Barrel Award and was the AAPG Secretary. As a Policy Intern at AGI, she enjoyed learning about energy and environmental federal policy including, carbon capture and storage and methane venting and flaring. This summer, Cecilia will return to Houston, TX for a third internship with BHP Billiton Petroleum before beginning her PhD in Marine Geology at the University of Miami’s RSMAS in August.

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.




Isabelle Weisman

Isabelle "Izzy" Weisman holds a B.A. in Geoscience from Hamilton College and a M.Sc. in Earth and Environmental Science from Vanderbilt University. Izzy was a Geoscience Policy Intern at AGI in the Fall of 2017. During her internship at AGI, Izzy managed the Geoscience Policy program's social media presence, wrote policy updates, and produced other material for geoscientists when engaging with federal policy. During her internship Izzy also helped prepare congressional testimony regarding geothermal exploration and natural hazard prevention, which was submitted to the United States House Committee on Energy and Mineral Resources. Following her internship at AGI, Izzy will be a Graduate Fellow with the National Nuclear Security Administration. As a fellow she will spend a year working in the Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Izzy will use her technical and policy background to jumpstart her career in the nuclear security field. 


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).



Paleontological Society to Sponsor Summer Policy Intern at AGI

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The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) and the Paleontological Society are excited to announce the creation of a new Geoscience Policy Summer Internship position at AGI. The intern, who must be a current student member of the Paleontological Society, will be an instrumental part of AGI's Geoscience Policy team based in the Washington, D.C., area.

Jeremiah Bernau

Jeremiah actively worked with federal agencies and congress to represent the geoscience community and promote sound public policy in Washington, D.C. He also managed the Geoscience Policy program’s social media presence and writes policy updates. Jeremiah is pursuing a Master of Science degree in Evaporite Sedimentology at West Virginia University, and also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Earth Science with a minor in Geography from Vassar College. Jeremiah’s graduate research uses salt deposits to determine environmental conditions in the Neoproterozoic Era. He also has prior experience working in environmental consulting and in natural gas development.

Adam Shaw

Adam Shaw graduated from Western Washington University in 2016 with degrees in Geology and Disaster Risk Reduction. During his final year, he volunteered with Whatcom Unified Emergency Management during the Cascadia Rising exercise and worked with a team to create a draft debris management plan for Whatcom County, WA. The following summer, Adam worked with the WWU Resilience Institute to assist with a series of conferences on Interagency Communication in the Cascadia region held by the Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup (CREW). At AGI, Adam assisted in the development of the Congressional Hazards Caucus website. Adam hopes to continue working in natural hazards and emergency management policy.

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.





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