Rachel grew up in Cobb Mountain, a small country town in the forest of Northern California. Being able to grow up exploring the pine forest at a young age, she has always had a great curiosity for all living things and their interconnections. Rachel moved down to the Monterey Peninsula and graduated from CSU Monterey Bay with a degree in Environmental Studies. During her studies, she was heavily involved with campus sustainability efforts and even served on their Associated Students as their Environmental Senator. 

Upon graduation, Rachel wanted to continue sharing her passion for the outdoors and educate her community on best stewardship practices. Rachel worked for Carmel Valley Ranch as their Naturalist and Outdoor Recreation Managers for 4 years and also was an Outdoor Educator for Ventana Wildlife Society and Santa Cruz County Outdoor Science School. 

In her free time, she enjoys soaking up the sun at her cottage in Carmel Valley with her partner and two cats, Nimbus and Ham. She also is an avid explorer of National Parks and natural wonders and enjoys road trips, snowboarding, and backpacking in the mountains. Rachel is thrilled to be part of the MEarth team so she can continue teaching others about the incredible ecology of our region as well as build connections to the natural world.