Rachael grew up in the Pacific Northwest loving to explore the natural world around her. This passion led to her study of the natural world in her studies at the University of Puget Sound (B.S. Biology) where she spent two summers hiking on glaciers throughout the Pacific Northwest researching the phylogeography and ecology of ice worms. Following her undergrad, Rachael worked as a biology field technician and outdoor educator across the United States. Rachael continued her studies at Western Washington University (M.Sc. Biology) using molecular markers to describe snow algae community composition across the Cascade Mountain Range.
Rachael now works as a molecular technician for the Salish Sea Research Center at Northwest Indian College (Lummi, Bellingham, WA). Rachael employs her background using molecular tools to assist in a variety of projects at the SSRC, including working with Dr. Rachel Arnold on local populations of Tiokowe / Hooligans (Longfin smelt), describing patterns of zooplankton/phytoplankton in Bellingham Bay, and looking at soil microbial communities throughout the Nooksack River watershed. She particularly enjoys working with student interns!