Rachelle has a background in education and environmental science. She conducts research relating to food system sustainability, natural resource stewardship and rural community development at the Center for Business and Community Partnerships and teaches in the Environmental Science & Policy department at Plymouth State University. Rachelle’s projects focus on the challenge of cultivating community scale change in complex systems. Her research responds to community identified needs and provides applied learning opportunities for first year to graduate students. Past work includes watershed-scale connectivity studies, local action to preserve biodiversity, and hunger/food waste reduction. The primary goals is to support decision makers, planning professionals and stakeholders with the ability to move projects and passion from conceptual ideas to implementation and promote the empowerment of students and external partners as active agents of change within their community.