Rachel Becker is a reporter with a background in scientific research. After studying the links between the brain and the immune system, Rachel left the lab bench to become a journalist via the MIT Graduate Program in Science Writing. For nearly three years, Rachel was a staff science reporter at The Verge, where she wrote stories and hosted videos covering everything from nuclear weapons and nicotine to natural disasters. Her byline has also appeared in NOVA Next, National Geographic News, Smithsonian, Slate, Nature, Nature Medicine, bioGraphic, and Hakai Magazine, as well as the digital video series Gross Science and MinuteEarth. Rachel is now an environment reporter for CalMatters, a Sacramento-based non-profit journalism outlet, where she covers California's efforts to combat climate change. You can follow her on Twitter @RA_Becks.