Rachel Slatyer

Education & Background:
2016, Ph.D. in Zoology, School of Biosciences, University of Melbourne
2010, B. S. Genetics, Australian National University
2010, B.S. Ecology and Evolution, Australian National University

Awards and Grants:
2016 American Australia Association Postdoctoral Fellowship
2014    National Geographic Young Explorers Grant
2014 Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment Student Grant
2014 Norman Wettenhall Foundation Small Environmental Grant
2013    Georgina Sweet Award                                        
            Hermon Slade Foundation grant
            Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment student grant
            VEAC Bill Borthwick Scholarship
2012    Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment student grant
2011    Australian Postgraduate Award, University of Melbourne
            Helen Macpherson Smith Scholarship (Science), University of Melbourne
2010    University Medal in Botany & Zoology, Australian National University
            Anjeli Nathan Memorial Scholarship for Honours, Australian National University
2009    Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour student research grant
2008    L.D. Pryor prize for 3rd-year zoology, Australian National University
            Antonella Salpietro prize for marine ecology, Australian National University
2007    Field Naturalists Association of Canberra Prize for 2nd-year zoology,
            Australian National University
2005    Distinguished Scholar Program in Science, Australian National University

Research Interests:
I am interested in studying thermal adaptation in alpine insects and the effects of climate change on alpine communities. My PhD work focused on thermal tolerance in alpine grasshoppers (Kosciuscola spp.) in the Snowy Mountains of Australia that occupy distinct, but overlapping elevation zones. See my webpage for more information on my projects and my list of publications.

This next year, I will be joining the Molecular Ecology lab to investigate thermal tolerance in a group of alpine carabid beetles (Nebria spp.) in the Cascade Range. This will be part of a larger project looking at how snow-field insect communities are assembled on different volcanoes in this range.