Rachel is currently e-Fellows postdoctoral scholar (an NSF-funded fellowship through the American Society for Engineering Education) at the University of California, Davis, working with Stacey Combes. She completed her Ph.D. at Stanford University with Mark Denny, studying mechanical fatigue and repair of bivalve shells. Before graduate school, she worked as the laboratory manager in Sheila Patek’s lab at Duke University examining the behavioral strategies that mantis shrimp use when hammering open hard-shelled prey. She received her B.A. in Biology from Swarthmore College where she worked with Rachel Merz studying worm burrowing and distribution in the muddy intertidal zone.
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