Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union

A geologist on Capitol Hill



As the unpredicted and unpredictable 97th Congress convenes, I would like to report on my experience thus far as the 1980–1981 American Geophysical Union Congressional Science Fellow. The past 4 months have been exhilarating, and, as one who has never had the slightest contact with political science, I have found this opportunity for a glimpse of the Washington ‘corridors of power’ an incredible education. I spent the last 10 years in planetary geology with the U.S. Geological Survey. Before that I worked for both oil and mining companies and taught in a couple of universities. Having also been active in community affairs, I was intrigued by the opportunity to see firsthand how congressional policies dealing with energy, environment, minerals, and land use are developed. Breadth of interest is an asset in approaching this sort of experience.