Rachel Nelson

Background

Program: Ph.D. Human Paleobiology (Primatology Focus)

Year of Entry: Fall 2019

Advisor: Carson Murray

Current Research

Areas of interest: primate behavioral ecology, female reproduction, lactation, hydration

Rachel is interested in how female primates have evolved to adapt to both behavioral and environmental pressures throughout various reproductive stages. Additionally, she is interested in the extent to which mother-infant relationships, as well as the health and stress of the mother might affect offspring development and success in later life. 

Education

BA (Biology & Psychology), 2016, Waynesburg University 


Research Experience

2017-2018: Research Intern at the Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes at Lincoln Park Zoo

Distinctions

2019: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship