Morgan Monz will serve as the 2021-2022 GSA Science Policy Fellow. Monz has a broad background in Earth sciences and science communication. She recently earned her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, where her research focused on better understanding the microstructural processes in natural ice that play a major role in glacier and ice sheet movement. During her Ph.D., Monz worked as a teaching assistant, served on multiple departmental committees, and volunteered as the department’s outreach coordinator. As part of the American Geophysical Union’s Voices for Science 2020 policy track cohort, she conducted policy outreach activities to promote the use of data and scientific knowledge in decision making, and to increase engagement between scientists and policymakers. She also helped launch the Twin Cities Science Policy Network in an effort to increase science policy engagement within Minneapolis and St. Paul, specifically.
Prior to her Ph.D., Monz earned her B.A. from Colby College where she double majored in geology and environmental science. It was at Colby where she developed a particular curiosity for understanding the complex interactions between humans and the environment. Her current interests incorporate climate science, geology and science communication, specifically how the intersection of these topics can be used for building a repository of accessible data that supports policy aimed at developing a more climate- and environmental hazard-resilient nation.