Rachel has a B.S. in Landscape Architecture and an M.P.S. in Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture from Cornell University. While pursuing her graduate degree, she worked in Integrated Pest Management at Cornell Plantations and later for a large commercial IPM company in Rochester, NY. Rachel served as assistant professor and curriculum coordinator for the landscape development program at SUNY-Alfred State College from 2000-2004, teaching courses in landscape design, woody and herbaceous plant materials, and entomology. During her tenure at Alfred State, she continued working in commercial IPM; training employees in diagnostics and plant identification. Presently, Rachel is the Education and Training Coordinator for the Northeast Regional Center for the National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN). She creates various educational materials for First Detector education and is the editor of the NPDN’s national newsletter. Currently she is developing educational materials for the Sentinel Plant Network, a collaborative project with the NPDN and the American Public Gardens Association that aims to train public garden professionals in early pest and pathogen detection.
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