Rachel Carlson

Rachel Carlson

Rice University

Trinity College Dublin (TCD)


Rachel is a Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow at University of California, Davis at the Bodega Marine Lab. She completed her PhD in Environment and Resources at Stanford. Her research used geospatial technology (e.g., satellites) to monitor coral reefs and other sensitive ocean habitats under climate change. Rachel hopes to use innovative technology to help policymakers optimize ocean conservation. She received several competitive fellowships to support her research, including a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and Stanford Graduate Fellowship. In January 2025, she will begin as an Assistant Professor at the UC Berkeley Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management.

She previously worked as an Environmental Protection Specialist and Presidential Management Fellow in the Office of Water at the Environment Protection Agency in Washington, DC.

Rachel is a 2013 Mitchell Scholar. She received a Master's Degree in International Politics from Trinity College Dublin. Throughout her Mitchell year, Rachel worked with the Irish aid organization, Trocaire. One of her favorite experiences in Ireland was volunteering for Roddy Doyle’s nonprofit Fighting Words, which inspired her to become involved in similar initiatives in Washington, DC.

Rachel obtained her undergraduate degree from Rice University.