Rachael graduated from California Polytechnic University with a degree in Biological Sciences and a minor in Spanish. During her studies, she worked in the Marine Conservation Lab, focusing on parrotfish corallivory and describing the benthic community structure. Her research led to a presentation at the Western Naturalists Conference.
Following graduation, Rachael pursued further studies in reef ecology through an internship at the Centre for Island Research and Environmental Observatory in French Polynesia. During her time there, she investigated the impact of environmental factors such as sea water pH, ocean temperature, and the presence of crustose coralline algae on coral larvae survival. In addition to her research, Rachael enjoyed engaging in activities like diving with sharks and swimming with humpback whales, amidst the midnight spawning calls.
Rachael's experience also includes working in laboratory settings, where she studied algae biofuels and soil chemistry for viticulture. Her scientific curiosity and passion for conservation and ecology drive her, with marine ecology, sustainable aquaculture, and fisheries science being her primary interests. Nevertheless, she remains eager to learn about any aquatic-related subjects.
When not immersed in her aquatic pursuits, Rachael can be found outdoors, engaging in activities such as rock climbing, mountain biking, or enjoying the breathtaking sunset views at Lake Tahoe.