- Boise, ID
Rachel’s love of geology started early. As a child, she collected rocks for her rock garden with the help of her father, a petroleum engineer. In 5th grade Rachel watched a tv program about volcanologists and was so fascinated that she determined in that moment that she’d become a geologist.
“Although I don’t do a lot of work with volcanoes, I’ve gotten to explore how geologic hazards affect communities and learn ways to mitigate those hazards,” Rachel says. “It’s strange. Growing up I never saw myself working in consulting, but looking back, it all seems inevitable—in a very good way!”
As a geologist in GeoEngineers’ Boise office, Rachel primarily focuses on design and development for transportation projects by helping engineers understand soil conditions and assess geologic hazards. She also works with senior geologists across the Pacific Northwest to evaluate rock fall, landslide, erosion and seismic hazards. Rachel also does groundwater monitoring and subsurface exploration, particularly for environmentally impacted sites.
“I love to be outside and travel,” Rachel says. “The best part about being a geologist is being able to do both. I really enjoying doing remote project work and exploring places that are very rarely visited.”
Rachel continues to explore, even in her free time. You can often find her hiking, biking, climbing, snowboarding, and running—especially with her two dogs!