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 award-winning videos about everything from climate change to nuclear fusion and toxic waste. Her byline has also appeared in NOVA Next, National Geographic News, Smithsonian, Slate, Nature, Nature Medicine, bioGraphic, and Hakai Magazine, as well as two 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 climate change in California. You can follow her on Twitter @RA_Becks.