Navigating Policy and the Geosciences

February 10, 2021 3:00pm to 4:00pm
270 Seminar


Speaker: Raleigh L. Martin

Affiliation: U.S. National Science Foundation, Division of Earth Sciences


In this presentation, I will share stories of building connections between policy and the geosciences. I will describe my own path from foundational research in the Earth and atmospheric sciences to work in various facets of climate and environmental policy. Through these stories, I will illuminate some ways in which science and policy intersect, both as policy for science (i.e., the structures and processes governing the scientific enterprise) and as science for policy (i.e., using scientific knowledge to inform policy decisions). Scientists can get involved in the policy process in a variety of ways, large and small, following their own unique skills, interests, and values. Through this presentation, I hope to demystify what it means for geoscientists to engage in the policy process. I will also draw attention to structural barriers that continue to limit racial and ethnic diversity in the geosciences and, as a result, seriously hinder policy responses to environmental injustice and the climate crisis. Note: The views expressed here are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect an official position of the National Science Foundation or the U.S. Government.