Geology and Public Policy Committee


The Geology and Public Policy Committee is charged with providing advice on public policy matters to Council and GSA Leadership, particularly GSA's Director for Geoscience Policy. To address this charge, the committee:

  • monitors and assesses international, national, and regional science policy;
  • formulates and recommends position statements, and sponsors topical white papers;
  • encourages active engagement of GSA members in geoscience policy;
  • facilitates the dissemination of information to GSA members, sections, and divisions, to the public, and to the government officials at all levels;
  • maintains a close working relationship with the Geology and Society Division;
  • facilitates and supports member-initiated science and policy initiatives;
  • promotes participation in Congressional visits, works with coalitions and government affairs programs of other societies; and
  • provides guidance on the Congressional Science Fellowship program.

Name Position
Johan (Joop) C. Varekamp Chair, Northeastern Section Representative
Arthur W. Snoke Chair Elect, Rocky Mountain Section Representative
Paul K. Doss Past Chair
Jonathan G. Price Council Liaison
Thomas L. Holzer Geology & Society Division Representative
Monica E. Gowan Cordilleran Section Representative
Wm. Jay Sims South-Central Section Representative
Robert J. Tracy Southeastern Section Representative
Scott Burns Member-at-Large
John A. Chermak Member-at-Large
Skip Hobbs Member-at-Large
Lily Josephine Jackson Student Member-at-Large
Stephen R. Mattox Member-at-Large
David B. Spears Member-at-Large
Karen Ann Paczlowski Congressional Science Fellow
Kirstin Lynn Neff Incoming Congressional Science Fellow
Susanna Whitman Blair Past Congressional Science Fellow
Anna Mebust Past Past Congressional Science Fellow
Maeve A. Boland American Geosciences Institute - conferee/non-voting
Joe A. Gilman Assoc. of American State Geologists - conferee/non-voting
Elizabeth Landau American Geophysical Union - conferee/non-voting

GSA Director Advisor / Liaison (ex officio, non-voting)
Kasey S. White, GSA Director for Geoscience Policy

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