Rachel is a Postdoctoral Scientist at IC3. Her research involves modelling climate-sensitive disease risk and finding novel ways to communicate probabilistic forecasts to public health decision makers. Rachel is also involved in the IC3 Climate Services Strategy for Health.
Rachel graduated from the University of East Anglia in 2004 with a First Class Honours BSc in Meteorology and Oceanography with a year in Europe. She spent one year at the University of Granada in Spain reading Environmental Science. In 2007 she completed an MSc with distinction in Geophysical Hazards at University College London where she received a Graduate Masters Award. She then went on to obtain her PhD in Mathematics at the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, University of Exeter (PhD Thesis: Spatio-temporal modelling of climate-sensitive disease risk: towards an early warning system for dengue in Brazil).
Alongside her PhD, Rachel was Network Facilitator for the Leverhulme Trust funded project EUROBRISA. As part of the project she collaborated with climate scientists and public health experts at CPTEC/INPE and the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) during long-term visits to Brazil, which resulted in her ongoing participation in the innovative Brazilian Observatory for Climate and Health. Rachel was also a Visiting Scientist at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Italy, where she worked closely with the Ministry of Health in Malawi towards the development of predictive models for malaria and a platform to integrate climate information and rural telemedicine.