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Rachel Atkins

Ph.D. Candidate - Earth Science


Planetary Geology

Geoscience Education

Jordan Hall


When I can break free from the lab and teaching, I can usually be found outside doing something Рrunning, biking, playing field hockey or softball, hiking, camping, you name it!

Feel free to check out where my most recent research endeavors have taken me by visiting my website:


B.A. Geological Sciences and Adolescent Education State University of New York (SUNY) at Geneseo 2013

M.S. Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences North Carolina State University 2016

Area(s) of Expertise

My PhD research at NC State focuses on geologic surface processes and their interactions with tectonics.

My masters research at NC State involved understanding how individuals learn in the geosciences, with applications to improve teaching strategies and conveying geoscience information more effectively. My masters thesis focused on understanding how experts and novices navigate climate change graphs differently. I use a technique called eye-tracking to determine differences in visual patterns between the two populations. Eye-tracking uses small amounts of infrared radiation to determine where and individual is looking, when, and for how long. The data collected using this technique can be analyzed qualitatively and quantitatively.