Hi, I'm Rachel! 

 Studying at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Studying at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Since a young age, I have always been passionate about helping others and being a steward to our earth. In college, I found my home studying soil science and traveling the world to learn how people outside the United States use soil as a valuable resource for producing food and fuel. I quickly gained interest in doing research and thus, began graduate school after I finished my bachelor's degrees at Iowa State University. 

In 2015, I completed my master's degree in Plant Science from South Dakota State University and I am now pursuing a doctorate degree through the School of Natural Resources at University of Missouri. I enjoy studying soil processes in both natural and agricultural ecosystems and hope to work with both in my future career. 

 Trotlining for catfish on a tributary of the Missouri River

Trotlining for catfish on a tributary of the Missouri River

Through my time in graduate school, I have also enjoyed being involved in local and national student organizations. These organizations, and other professional experiences, have taught me the value of communication and policy in science. As a scientist and researcher, I feel compelled to share the story of agricultural and natural resource sciences with all. 

In my free time, I enjoy spending time outdoors hunting, fishing, and hiking. Missouri has several state and federal parks openly accessible to all citizens. Living in Missouri has made me realize the benefits of public land and their importance for wildlife and conservation. I am a proud #publiclandowner.