Rachel is currently a PhD student in Geographical Sciences and Flagship Fellow at the University of Maryland, College Park. Through her research, Rachel is exploring how climate change governance can better reflect the complex, non-linear and dynamic nature of social-ecological systems.
As part of her professional development, Rachel has worked for numerous agencies and organizations, including the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, A Rocha Peru, National Socio-Ecological Synthesis Research Center (SESYNC), Society for Conservation Biology, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. While working at the EPA as a GRO Fellow, Rachel developed a Climate Change Adaptation Guide for Native American communities in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. During the summer, she teaches Environmental Law and Policy at the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies in Michigan as an Assistant Professor. Prior to beginning this program, Rachel served as Y.E.C.A.’s National Organizer and Spokesperson and has been a part of the organization since its inception, serving two years as Chair of the Steering Committee.
In 2015, Rachel was named a White House Champion of Change for her efforts in protecting our environment and communities from the effects of climate change.
- coupled human-natural systems
- climate governance
- conservation and development
- MS Sustainable Development & Conservation Biology, University of Maryland, College Park
- MPP Public Policy, University of Maryland, College Park
- BA International Relations, Wheaton College (IL)
- BS Environmental Studies, Wheaton College (IL)
Department of Geographical Sciences