Past AIBS Congressional Fellows

Robert Gropp, Ph.D.

Dr. Gropp was the 1999-2000 AIBS Congressional Fellow. A botanist and ecologist, he worked in the office of Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), where he dealt with energy, environment, and pollution issues. Contact: .


Laura Lyman Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Dr. Rodriguez was the 1998-1999 AIBS fellow, cosponsored by the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography. Dr. Rodriguez is a cell biologist by training, and worked in the office of Representative Vernon Ehlers (R-MI). She is now a Policy Analyst, Office of Public Affairs, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB): .

Laura Lyman Rodriguez, PhD: A Fellowship Year in Review. (BioScience, October 1999)

Congressional Fellowship Program Bridges the Gap Between Science and Policy (AIBS News, November 1998)


Richard Pouyat, Ph.D.

Dr. Pouyat was the AIBS Congressional Science Fellow from 1997-1998, cosponsored by the Ecological Society of America and the Society for Conservation Biology. Dr. Pouyat is an urban forest ecologist and now works as part of the Long-Term Ecological Research Network's (LTER) Baltimore Ecosystem Study group. Pouyat's experience working on Capitol Hill in the office of Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY) afforded him much insight into the interface of science and policy: .

Richard Pouyat, PhD: Science and environmental policy - making them compatible. (Policy Forum, April 1999)

AIBS Sponsors a Scientist on the Hill. AIBS News, July/August 1997.