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.