Rachael A Bay

Rachael A Bay

Principal Investigator


I am interested in how human influences on the environment alter the evolutionary trajectories of organisms. I use a combination of ecological experiments and genomic analysis to identify genetic variation underlying adaptation in natural populations and to understand how adaptive variation is distributed across environments. I am particularly interested in developing predictive genomic frameworks that can be used to estimate the potential for adaptation to future environmental change. I have a particular fondness for marine systems, although I have worked in a broad range of taxa.

I grew up in a multi-racial family in a tiny town in Montana. From an early age I developed a love for animals and nature and was privileged to have a parent that prioritized education. I believe that all people should be able to pursue their scientific dreams and am committed to creating a supportive and inclusive lab atmosphere.

In my spare time I enjoy baking, hiking, and spending time with my husband and toddler.

  • Evolutionary Ecology
  • Ecological Genomics
  • Marine Global Change
  • PhD in Biology, 2015

    Stanford University

  • MSc in Biology, 2010

    Dalhousie University

  • BS in Marine Science, 2007

    University of Miami