Rachel Engstrand

Rachel Engstrand is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources, and in the Asner Lab at Arizona State University’s Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science, and a National Geographic Explorer. She is interested in how human activities affect ecosystem functioning. Her current research focuses on the environmental impacts of illegal gold mining in the Peruvian Amazon and what potential exists for ecosystem recovery. She uses a combination of methods from ecology, molecular biology, remote sensing, and social science to investigate this subject.