Current Fellows

Caitlin Keating-Bitonti
Caitlin Keating-Bitonti
Congressional Science Fellow.

GSA and the U.S. Geological Survey are pleased to announced Caitlin Keating-Bitonti will serve as the 2018–2019 GSA-USGS Congressional Science Fellow.

Keating-Bitonti is an Earth scientist with expertise in paleontology. As a native of southeast Michigan, Caitlin grew up collecting ancient marine fossils, developing a strong interest in the planet’s history and concern for its future. Pursuing this passion in graduate school, Caitlin reconstructed ancient climate and ocean conditions studying microfossil assemblages and their isotopic compositions as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. Her research integrates paleontology, geology, oceanography, physiology, and statistical models to examine how ancient marine organisms responded to past environmental perturbations and how these climate shifts shaped their evolutionary history.

Recognizing that the geosciences are a vital public concern but are rarely included in a typical high school curriculum, Caitlin became committed to geoscience education and outreach. During her graduate career, she mentored more than 10 high school students and teamed with two other graduate students to develop and teach a Climate Change Science course at a preparatory school in Palo Alto, California. After receiving her Ph.D. from Stanford University, Caitlin joined the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History as a Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellow, where she continued her research and also participated in museum outreach. Her time in D.C. solidified her desire to be involved in the policy-making process and to advocate that our practices and policies be informed by scientific knowledge. Caitlin is excited to have to opportunity to serve as the 2018–2019 GSA-USGS Congressional Science Fellow. Caitlin earned her B.S. in geology from Syracuse University (New York), her M.S in geology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison (Wisconsin), and her Ph.D. in geological and environmental sciences from Stanford University (California).

Looking to Expand Your Professional Horizons?

Believe in Serving Society Through Science?

Ready for a Unique Challenge?

Put your expertise to work helping shape science and technology policy on Capitol Hill. The GSA-USGS Congressional Science Fellow spends a year working as a staff member for a member of Congress or congressional committee.

If you are a geoscientist with a broad scientific background, experience in applying scientific knowledge to societal challenges, and a passion for helping shape the future of the geoscience profession, GSA and the USGS invite your application before the 15 January deadline. Please read our detailed fellowship page for more information.

Learn more about fellows’ experiences by reading current and past Congressional Science Fellow reports.

The Congressional Science Fellowship is offered by the Geological Society of America and the U.S. Geological Survey as part of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows Program.