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Congressional Science Fellowship

Lawrence D. Meinert
Lawrence D. Meinert
25th GSA-USGS Congressional Science Fellow. His appointment was with Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) as of 24 May 2011.

His original appointment was with Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) from Sept. 2010 through Aug. 2011.

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Lawrence D. Meinert

GSA-USGS Congressional Science Fellow Larry Meinert accepted an appointment in the office of Senator Chris Coons (D-DE). Sen. Coons was sworn in on 15 November 2010 after winning a special election to fill the remaining four years of former Senator Biden's term. Sen. Coons is a member of the Senate Committees on Energy and Natural Resources, Foreign Relations, and Judiciary. See message from Larry below.

Dear Friends,

As a Congressional Fellow it has been an honor and privilege to work in the office of Congresswoman Giffords. I have greatly enjoyed the opportunity to work with both the DC and AZ staff, and of course with Congresswoman Giffords, who truly is as amazing as all the reports. Recently I was offered a chance to move to Senator Coons (D-DE) office, which will be an great opportunity to experience the Senate side of Congress. Even though I am switching offices, I will continue to work on energy and natural resource issues as the major part of my portfolio.

Best regards,

Larry Meinert
AAAS GSA/USGS Congressional Fellow
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (AZ-08)
1030 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Original Announcement

GSA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are pleased to welcome Lawrence D. Meinert as the 2010–2011 GSA-USGS Congressional Science Fellow. He brings to the Fellowship a broad background in geoscience, ranging from the exploration, production, and genesis of ore deposits to the interplay of geological, biological, and agricultural practices in the making of fine wine. Meinert has published widely in these fields, including more than 150 peer-reviewed scientific articles on economic geology. He also co-edited a leading geological book on wine and terroir.

In addition to his own research, Meinert is active in academic publishing. He served as co-editor of Mineralium Deposita, the foremost European journal on natural resources, and is currently editor of Economic Geology—only the sixth editor in the 105-year publication history of this distinguished journal.

Meinert views the GSA-USGS Congressional Science Fellowship as a unique opportunity to link his experience in earth resources and scholarship to the policy making arena. He expects that his diverse expertise and experience, including significant interaction with private business—ranging from large corporations to individual entrepreneurs—will help him to apply research discoveries to real-world problems. At a time when geological forces are increasingly visible in the news—from earthquakes to volcanic eruptions to oil spills to climate change—Meinert feels there is no better place to bring a geological perspective than the legislative and policy-making branches of the U.S. government.

Meinert's geological career started with a B.A. in geology from Carleton College, a Ph.D. in geology from Stanford University, and field work with ASARCO, Anaconda, and a variety of international exploration companies. Meinert has teaching and research experience at both Washington State University and Smith College. While at Washington State University, Meinert was a two-term chair of the faculty senate. In 2010, Meinert received the Silver Medal from the Society of Economic Geologists, the highest honor for mid-career scientists in this discipline. Among his serious hobbies are photography, running, and wine making.