Rachel Rubin Ph.D.

  • Postdoctoral Researcher
Rachel Rubin

Dr. Rachel Rubin’s work draws upon an appreciation for soil organisms and the roles they play in crop productivity, ecosystem rehabilitation and re-wilding. Her work at Woodwell Climate involves monitoring and verifying regenerative agricultural practices for soil carbon accounting. Her research is guided by the understanding that habitat restoration and climate mitigation go hand in hand – a healthy ecosystem will store more carbon over time than a degraded one.

Rachel is energized by collaborative partnerships. Through her work, she’s seen that working with organizations and communities to address environmental challenges (such as climate change, nitrogen pollution and soil degradation) helps to translate science to real world impact. For this reason, she strives to produce research with practical relevance to practitioners, farmers, and policymakers.

On weekends she can be found searching for fanciful fungi and salamanders in the Blue Ridge Mountains of the Virginias with her family.

Selected Publications

Developing climate-smart restoration: can plant microbiomes be hardened against heat waves?

Rubin RL, GW Koch, A Martinez, R Mau, MA Bowker, BA Hungate (2018) Ecological Applications