Rachael Green is a Master’s student in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech, as well as a Smithsonian Research Fellow. She is advised by Dr. Ashley Dayer and additionally mentored by Dr. Amy Johnson from the Smithsonian’s Virginia Working Landscapes program. Her research focuses on the human dimensions of private lands conservation. Specifically, she works with private landowners and citizen scientists to study the conservation behaviour outcomes of participation in conservation research programs.
Rachael graduated Magna Cum Laude from Nova Southeastern University in 2018. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with a minor in Geographic Information Systems. While an undergraduate, she interned with the NASA DEVELOP National Program and researched how water quality following major weather disturbances impacted oyster populations in the Mississippi Sound. After graduating, she worked as a regulatory biologist for the Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties. Rachael has also worked as a research technician for the Canadian Organization of Tropical Education and Rainforest Conservation working with sea turtles in Costa Rica. In her free time, Rachael enjoys birding, wildlife photography, and hiking.