Hi, I’m Rachel! I’m a blonde twenty-something who loves science, nature, and stilettos equally. My hope is that by sharing bits and pieces of my life as an environmental scientist and fashionista, I may give other girls the confidence that they can be anything and have it all. I believe our future is so much brighter when women are equally present at the table.
After growing up in small town Indiana, I decided to attend the University of Southern Indiana close to home. I thought that graduating cum laude with a biology degree would be the best thing ever, but I had no idea what was around the corner. I accepted a position as an environmental health specialist in the beautiful state of Hawaii! This move to a small island in the Pacific Ocean, over 4,000 miles from home, was a catalyst for me. I’ve always been in love with the ocean and although I didn’t think it was possible, I fell in love even more. I spent all my free time enjoying the view at the beach, diving in the ocean, hiking the mountains. So you can imagine my frustration when I found plastics and other marine debris washing ashore on the beautiful island I called home. It wasn’t enough to work a “9-5 job” to regulate waste management in our state. This was personal now and I felt social media was the avenue for me to make a bigger difference. I partnered with the nonprofit organization 1 Piece Each to begin hosting beach cleanups, and I began speaking out more about the harm we are causing to our environment.
I made the tough decision to leave the island that will always have a large place in my heart, but I continue to raise awareness and work with other amazing women who are making waves in their communities across the globe. The Blonde Biologist aims to poke holes in the stereotype of what a scientist looks like while bringing together the best of environmental news, eco-friendly fashion, science facts, and major inspiration. Kick up your stilettos and let’s talk science!