Congressional Science Fellowship
Hall of Fame
James E. Evans
James Evans earned his B.A. in geology (magna cum laude) at Carleton College, his M.S. in hydrogeology and ecology at the University of, Minnesota, and his Ph.D. in geological sciences at the University of Washington. He has been a research and teaching assistant at the University of Minnesota and the University of Washington, a wildlife biologist for the Nature Conservancy, and a field assistant and technician for the USGS. His research interests include fluvial sedimentology, sedimentary structures, basin evolution and tectonics, animal-sediment interactions, and paleoclimatic reconstructions. Evans has published and helped to prepare reports in marine geology, sedimentary geochemistry and geology, stratigraphy, and environmental studies, including endangered species and geological hazards of the Alaskan continental shelf and Bering Sea.
Dr. Evans' assignment as a Congressional Science Fellow was on the staff of Congressman Michael Lowry (D-Seattle), as Legislative Assistant for Science and Environment Congressman Lowry chaired the Oceanography Subcommittee of the House Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee and Evans worked on several subcommittee issues, including seabed mineral mining (see GSA News and Information, May 1988), the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (N&I, January 1988), and contaminated sediments (N&I, March 1988). Evans also worked on issues related to hazardous waste management at federal facilities (N&I, July 1988) and helped initiate a study, by the Office of Technology Management, In addition, he worked on endangered species protection and issues related to the use of public lands in national forests. Dr. Evans now teaches at Bowling Green State University.
"For me, one of the most important lessons of 'a year on the Hill' has been realizing the practical considerations that limit the flow of objective scientific advice to the Congress. GSA needs to realize that its needs, as a professional scientific society, go beyond its present level of involvement in legislative affairs. A professional society is uniquely suited to the role of educating and advising the general public and its decision-makers."