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Dr. Rachel Reid

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Dr. Reid is a paleoecologist interested in how disturbances, such as climate and environmental change, impact species, ecosystems, and their interactions over a range of timescales. Dr. Reid brings an interdisciplinary approach to her research, incorporating viewpoints, tools, and data from geology, ecology, and archaeology, using stable isotope geochemistry as a central methodological tool. Her recent work focuses on using non-traditional archives, such as large bat guano accumulations, to study past climate and environment.

As a Research Scientist at Virginia Tech, Dr. Reid runs the Stable Isotope Laboratory in the Geosciences Department. Every other spring, Dr. Reid and faculty affiliate Dr. Benjamin Gill teach a joint graduate/undergraduate course in Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry (GEOS 5614/4614). The course is based around semester-long small group research projects and has attracted students from a variety of departments around campus.

Dr. Reid received a BA in Geology from Carleton College, an MS and PhD in Earth Sciences from The University of California Santa Cruz, and conducted postdoctoral research at Washington University in St. Louis.