Hi, I'm Rachel! 

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. 

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.