Rachel E. Gallery
Thomas E. Lovejoy Endowed Chair in Biodiversity, Conservation Science, and Policy, Arizona Institute for Resilience
Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment
Joint Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Mentor, Carson Scholars Program
Link to my short CV (updated 2024)
As inaugural Director of the Lovejoy Center for Bridging Biodiversity, Conservation Science, and Policy in the Arizona Institute for Resilience, Rachel builds opportunities to understand and communicate the value of conserving global biodiversity and catalyze actions and policies to protect it.
With an emphasis on enhancing equity and inclusion in STEM, Rachel's research focuses on the biodiversity, conservation, and ecology of soils and on sustaining ecosystem resilience in the face of wildfires, droughts, species invasions, and climate change. Specific research foci include (I) investigating the ecological factors that determine how species diversity can be maintained in terrestrial communities, (II) scaling from “molecules to watersheds” to understand the dryland biogeochemical cycling responses to woody plant encroachment and drought, (III) disentangling the bio- and geo-chemical controls on ecosystem recovery, soil formation, and landscape evolution in wildfire-prone landscapes, (IV) testing the hypothesis that climate warming causes changes to ecosystem carbon balance in tropical alpine wetlands through the co-responses of plants and soil microbiomes, and (V) investigating the consequences of plant invasions on plant-microbe interactions and outcomes for native plant restoration in coastal dunes.
A Fulbright Scholar and a former fellow and current member of the American Association of University Women, Rachel serves on nonprofit advisory boards, international working groups, and proposal review panels, and regularly speaks at local outreach events and international conferences.
Rachel holds a Ph.D. in Plant Biology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a B.S. in Biology from American University. A former Research Fellow of Wolfson College and Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Oxford, she was also a Staff Scientist at the National Ecological Observatory Network before joining the University of Arizona faculty.