Rachael is a Master of Environmental Science (MESc) Candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She is interested in developing strategies for wildlife conservation with a focus on creating and expanding protected areas. Rachael is a writer in the Conservation Finance Network at CBEY. Prior to Yale, Rachael was a research assistant in the American Museum of Natural History’s Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics advancing our understanding of deep-sea black corals. She also worked as an investigator at Brooklyn Defender Services where she assisted criminal defense attorneys in their case development. Originally from California, Rachael graduated cum laude from New York University with a B.A. in Politics and Environmental Studies.