Dr. Rachel Arnold
Dr. Rachel Arnold is the Associate Director at the Salish Sea Research Center at Northwest Indian College on the Lummi Nation. She directs and oversees the genomics projects at the center, and she works with student interns and teaches a class on Genetics and Evolution for undergraduate students at the college. Genomics projects at the SSRC center around the conservation of forage fishes, phytoplankton community identification, and harmful algae species.
Rachel spends a lot of her time working with the Lummi Natural Resources and community fishermen to bridge the cultural ecological knowledge for Longfin Smelt with molecular tools in order to assess conservation measures that honor the relationship that Coast Salish Peoples have with Tiokowe / Hooligans (local name for Longfin smelt).