Mary Sabuda, Ph.D.

ACS Science Policy Fellow, 2021-2023


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 selenium and manganese and their application as an efficient water treatment 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 engaged with science policy and communication initiatives as a contributing editor for Sciworthy, translating peer reivewed science for a public audience, as a founding board member of the Twin Cities Science Policy Network, and as a co-creator of Policy for the Planet, a website that breaks down environmental legislation for scientists to better understand the policy world. She also conducted workshops to teach local scientists how to engage with their policymakers. Mary grew up with severe food allergies, and in her free time is an active in the food allergy community and likes to train for marathons, hike, bike, and garden.

Fellowship Focus

During her time as the ACS Science Policy Fellow, Mary:

  • Co-created the ACS Climate Change Advocacy Workshop, a free, online, on-demand resource for members to learn about climate change science, its impacts on society & the environment, what the U.S. government is doing to combat climate change, and ways to communicate effectively with different audiences on the Hill.
  • Collaborated with ACS members to develop Society positions on Peer Review and others.
  • Co-organized and participated in webinars and briefings on climate change action and resiliency as well as the ACS Public Policy Fellowship program.
  • Supported ACS's engagement with federal agency partners such as the NNCO, DOE, NSF, CSB, GAO, and EPA through meetings, public comments, and more..


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