Student Research Spotlight with Rachael Pentico

December 11, 2020 By Jenni Pfeifer-Probert

Take a moment to hear from our friend Rachael Pentico about her experience as a biology major at EWU.

Rachael is an undergraduate student with the Biology Department. She also spent time at Spokane Falls Community College where she focused on economics, with an emphasis on environmental policy. Her interests and research focus is on ecology and how invasive species and anthropogenic climate change will affect different ecosystems. She wants her education in economics to follow her into her biological studies so that economic factors can help to persuade policy. She is a McNair Scholar as well as a research assistant in Dr. Rebecca Brown’s lab that is focused on restoring a section of the Palouse Prairie. She hopes to obtain a Ph.D. and mentor students as a professor. For her 2020 EWU McNair Summer Research Internship, Rachael continued her work under the mentorship of Dr. Brown, Professor of Biology at EWU.