Rachel has over eight years of experience in ecology and data management. She has a M.S. and B.S. from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut where she studied insect phylogenetics. She spent three years after graduation working seasonal field ecology jobs around the country utilizing different monitoring techniques in both terrestrial and aquatic communities. Her research interests are in insect ecology, primarily how native and invasive insect populations respond to climate and land use changes.
In 2015, she completed a graduate Geographic Information Systems (GIS) certificate from the University of Denver. Rachel has extensive experience in field GPS data collection and GIS data creation, manipulation, and analyses.