Hi, I’m Rachel. I am an evolutionary ecologist and a recent PhD from the graduate program in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at UMass Amherst. I was part of Dr. Jason Kamilar’s Comparative Primatology Laboratory and am beginning a Postdoctoral Research Position with Dr. Todd Disotell.
My research interests are broad and include phylogenetic comparative methods, mammalian color evolution, biogeography, and the microbiome. My dissertation research focused on how the environment and host evolutionary relationships affect the microbiota of wild and captive lemurs. I am also passionate about science communication and outreach.