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 soil fertility, crop productivity, climate adaptation, and ecological restoration. Dr. Rubin’s current research involves synthesizing the effects of regenerative agricultural practices, organic amendments and microbial additives on soil health and soil carbon storage. 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 Rubin in the field

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

Biochar reduces nutrient leaching and greenhouse gas emissions in restored wetland soils.

Rubin, R. L., T. Anderson, and K. Ballantine (2020). Wetlands.


Plant growth promoting rhizobacteria are more effective under drought: a meta-analysis.

Rubin, R. L., K. J. van Groenigen, and B. A. Hungate (2017). Plant & Soil.