Rachel Lamb is a graduate student at the University of Maryland, College Park where she is pursuing both a Master of Public Policy and Master of Science in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology. She received a B.S. in Environmental Studies, B.A. in International Relations, and Human Needs and Global Resources Program (HNGR) certificate in development from Wheaton College, IL, where she graduated with highest honor. As part of her professional development, Rachel worked for numerous agencies and organizations including the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, A Rocha Peru in Lima, Peru, National Socio-Ecological Synthesis Research Center, and the U.S. EPA. While working at the EPA as a GRO Fellow, Rachel developed a Climate Change Adaptation Guide for Native American communities in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. Currently, Rachel serves as a Project Coordinator for Society for Conservation Biology and is working in collaboration with the Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperative to develop a 5-year Conservation Framework for priority resources in the region. Rachel’s professional expertise is finding interdisciplinary strategies to climate change mitigation and adaption, which simultaneously address ecological, economic and sociopolitical concerns. This includes both community-based conservation and national policy development. Rachel’s current research focuses on mapping global “hotspots” of highest social-ecological vulnerability and greatest impact under climate and land use change. Her vocational passions also drive her to facilitate dialogue and action on creation care within the Christian community as she believes that societal transformation will flow from the church bearing witness to God’s mission of love, hope, and restoration in this world.
‘You shall not plant any tree as a sacred pole beside the altar that you make for the Lord your God’ Deuteronomy 16:21 #EcoBible