Rachel Zuercher

Former UC Santa Cruz MARINE Student Liaison

Specialties: Ocean Education

UCSC Liaison From 2013-2015rzuerche@ucsc.edu

Rachel is a Ph.D. Candidate at UC Santa Cruz in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department, Raimondi-Carr Lab. She is broadly interested in both the ecology and management of small-scale fisheries. Rachel’s current work is two-pronged. The first focus of her dissertation is on trophic ecology of the nearshore kelp forest fish assemblage, especially as it relates to resource subsidies from the open ocean. The second focus is on social-ecological dynamics of the central California nearshore fishery, integrating methods from both the natural and social sciences. She also has an interest in teaching at the university level – especially expanding the reach of field courses and using case studies to improve learning objectives in the sciences. While no longer a liaison, Rachel remains active in the MARINE network. She received a B.S. from Valparaiso University and served with Peace Corps Fiji from 2007-2010. Rachel is originally from South Dakota. For more information about Rachel’s work, visit her website.