Congressional Science Fellowship

Current Fellow

Charles Gertler
Charles Gertler, 35th GSA-USGS Congressional Science Fellow.

GSA and the U.S. Geological Survey are pleased to announce that Charles Gertler will serve as the 2020-2021 GSA-USGS Congressional Science Fellow.

Charles Gertler is a climate scientist with a broad background in earth sciences and public policy. He has worked on the physics of the atmosphere, glaciers, and sea level, as well as geoengineering, air quality, and energy policy. Charles recently earned his Ph.D. at MIT, where his doctoral work focused on the extratropical storm tracks and their response to climate changes. Outside of research, he has been consistently engaged on issues of science policy and community. For instance, as co-chair of the 11th annual Graduate Climate Conference, Charles helped expand emphasis on the social sciences, science outreach, and the science-policy interface.

Before his Ph.D., Charles worked for an intergovernmental environmental research organization in Kathmandu, Nepal, where he led a field campaign to assess the effects of air pollution on high altitude Himalayan glaciers. Charles holds an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge in Glaciology and an A.B. from Harvard College in Environmental Science and Public Policy, where his thesis addressed the potential for utility-scale solar power in China. He is thrilled to bring these experiences to Capitol Hill and build on them as the GSA-USGS Congressional Science Fellow.


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Put your expertise to work helping shape science and technology policy on Capitol Hill. The GSA-USGS Congressional Science Fellow spends a year working as a staff member for a member of Congress or congressional committee.

If you are a geoscientist with a broad scientific background, experience in applying scientific knowledge to societal challenges, and a passion for helping shape the future of the geoscience profession, GSA and the USGS invite your application before the 15 January deadline. Please read our detailed fellowship page for more information.

Learn more about fellows’ experiences by reading current and past Congressional Science Fellow reports.

The Congressional Science Fellowship is offered by the Geological Society of America and the U.S. Geological Survey as part of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows Program.