Rachel Nelson

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Rachel Nelson


Email: Rachel Nelson

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

Year of Entry: Fall 2019

Advisor: Carson Murray

2019: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

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. 

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