Mary Sabuda, Ph.D.

ACS Science Policy Fellow, 2021-2022


Mary Sabuda (she/her/hers) earned a PhD in biogeochemistry at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Her research focused on the ability of a few common soil fungi to transform elevated levels of metal(loids) such as selenium and manganese and their application as an efficient remediation strategy for contaminated environments. Mary also earned her bachelor’s degree in geological sciences and master’s degree in biogeochemistry from Michigan State University. During her time as a graduate student, Mary received an Early Career Collaboration Award to conduct research at NASA Ames Research Center and funding to work at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.  

While at UMN, Mary served as the College of Science and Engineering’s Graduate Women Coordinator for her department to advocate for and support women in science, and was an active member of her department’s diversity, equity, and inclusion committee. As a graduate student, Mary was a member of the MN local section of the American Chemical Society and engaged with science policy and communication as a founding board member of the Twin Cities Science Policy Network and through her website, Policy for the Planet. In her free time as a student, she conducted workshops to teach local scientists how to engage with their policymakers and summarized scientific articles for a non-technical audience. Mary grew up just outside of Detroit, Michigan and likes to train for marathons, hike, bike, and garden.


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