Rachel Lamb earned her PhD in Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland College Park, where her research centered on the applications of NASA Carbon Monitoring System forest carbon science to advance strategic climate mitigation planning with co-benefits for biodiversity and human livelihoods.

Rachel currently serves as a Maryland Sea Grant State Science Policy Fellow with the Maryland Department of the Environment Climate Change Program. In this work, she supports carbon assessments and accounting for natural and working lands, and advances policy recommendations for carbon sequestration relative to the state's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act, and broader participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

Since 2020, Rachel has led the Campus Forest Carbon project, helping the University of Maryland better incorporate forest carbon science into their Climate Action Plan, Greenhouse Gas Inventory, and innovative peer-verified offset program. She remains a Postdoctoral Associate with this project and supports ongoing NASA CMS projects with Science Team Leader, Dr. George Hurtt. 

Areas of Interest

  • natural and working lands policy
  • climate change policy
  • conservation and development
  • forest carbon monitoring
  • strategic reforestation
  • coupled human-natural systems
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  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Degree Type
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    Sustainable Development & Conservation Biology, University of Maryland, College Park
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    Public Policy (Environmental Policy), University of Maryland, College Park
  • Degree Type
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    International Relations, Wheaton College (IL)
  • Degree Type
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    Environmental Studies, Wheaton College (IL)

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Dr. Rachel Lamb
rachlamb [at] umd.edu