Dr. Rachel Horak is currently the Education Fellow at American Society for Microbiology. In this position, I promote evidence-based teaching and society curriculum guidelines for undergraduate microbiology, lead professional development events, and develop resources for undergraduate educators, such as concept inventories, an assessment database, and an undergraduate microbiology textbook.
My biology academic research (previously at University of Washington, School of Oceanography) involves how natural populations of microbes (Bacteria and Archaea) work: their distribution, how their metabolisms are regulated, and the interplay of ocean biogeochemistry and microbes. As a researcher, I am a field oceanographer, which means that I get to go to sea several times per year, often for several weeks at a time. My secondary research field is astrobiology, the study of the origin, evolution, and distribution of life in the universe. Please read more about my research projects and interests in the "Research" section.
I have a strong interest in improving the teaching and learning in the undergraduate science classroom and in undergraduate laboratory experiences. Please read more about this in the "Teaching in Higher Education" section.
I present my research findings at scientific conferences (mostly oceanography-related meetings but some education meetings) and in peer-reviewed journals. Conference presentations and publications are listed in the "Curriculum Vitae" section. Conference presentations are in the "conferences" section, and links to full text of research publications as they become available in the "scientific articles" section.
I love talking with children and adults from the public about my research or anything science-related. Please see the "outreach" section for my public activities.
Being a field oceanographer is a really awesome job! See the "field work" section for discussion and links to my field studies, and see "science pictures" section for the best snapshots from the field.
Check out my other webpages:
Rachel Horak on Researchgate.net (full-text downloads for publications are available here, when copyright allows)