As a plant ecologist, I am fascinated by the diversity of life and how this diversity shapes communities and ecosystem function. I am particularly interested in plant functional traits, the variation present within and among species, and how this variation affects ecosystem function and communities in a changing world. My research focuses on quantifying the extent and effects of intraspecific variation in plant functional traits.
In addition to research, I am also very involved in science outreach and communication. I am a co-founder of the Engage project and a Science Communication Fellow at the Pacific Science Center.
I am also dedicated to teaching and education. I have taught courses in science communication at both the undergraduate and graduate level, as well as several courses as a Project for Interdisciplinary Pedagogy Teaching Fellow.
College of the Environment
Rachel M. Mitchell, PhD
University of Washington
Seattle WA 98195-2100
rachelmm (at) uw.edu