Rachel Becker is a reporter with a background in scientific research. After studying the links between the brain and the immune system at Stanford (BA, Human Biology) and Harvard (MA, Immunology), Rachel left the lab bench to become a journalist at 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 a range of beats including climate change, nuclear energy, and nicotine. Her bylines have also appeared in NOVA Next, National Geographic News, Smithsonian, Slate, Nature, Nature Medicine, bioGraphic, and Hakai Magazine, as well as the PBS Digital Studios video series Gross Science and the YouTube show MinuteEarth. Now, Rachel is an environment reporter for CALmatters, a Sacramento-based journalism non-profit, where she covers California's efforts to combat climate change. You can follow her on Twitter @RA_Becks.