Program: Rober E. Malouf Marine Studies Scholarship

Assignment: Rachel studied the population dynamics and mechanisms regulating toxin production in the harmful algal bloom (HAB)-forming dinoflagellate Alexandrium. She hopes to use data from this research to identify environmental influences on toxin production, which can be used to improve predictions of HAB events.

Education: Rachel graduated from Saint Martin's University in 2010 with a degree in Biology. She received her Master of Science in Environmental Science and Engineering from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in 2011. She is now a second year PhD student under Drs. Tawnya Peterson and Joseph Needoba at OHSU.