Congressional Science Fellowship
Hall of Fame
Kelly A. Kryc
Kelly Kryc brings an interdisciplinary background spanning the physical and life sciences to the 2011–2012 GSA-USGS Congressional Science Fellowship. Her experience encompasses two decades of academic research and non-profit sector program management.
Kryc’s research focused on interpreting the geochemical record of terrigenous provenance and biological export production to understand Holocene climate change in Antarctica. She earned a B.A. with honors in geology and marine science from Middlebury College (1994), an M.S. in oceanography from the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island (1998), and a Ph.D. in earth science from Boston University (2002). She subsequently conducted post-doctoral research at Stanford University. Her field research in Antarctica included one season collecting samples in the Dry Valleys and three research cruises coring the East Antarctic Margin.
More recently, Kryc embarked on a career in science program management, which cultivated her abilities to tackle complex issues through strategic planning and adaptive management. Her first position was as the assistant director of Ocean Drilling Programs at the Joint Oceanographic Institutions (now Ocean Leadership) in Washington, D.C., providing scientific direction and leadership of the U.S. Implementing Organization. She subsequently accepted a position as the executive program associate at the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program–Management International office in Washington, D.C., facilitating long-range planning activities. Most recently, she served as a program officer with the Marine Microbiology Initiative at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, which broadened her expertise to include the life sciences. Kryc left the Foundation in late 2010 to start her own consulting business providing long-range strategic planning guidance to non-profit organizations. In addition to her professional activities, Kryc is committed to advancing geoscience literacy in the United States and serves as a member of the National Advisory Committee for the Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE).
Kryc notes that she is honored by her selection to serve as the 2011–2012 GSA-USGS Congressional Science Fellow. She is excited by the potential to contribute the skills she has, and those she hopes to develop, in multiple policy areas. Among these, climate change and energy independence stand out for their urgency, and for the critical need in these areas for substantive and accessible science to support public policy.