Rachel Lauer (she/her)
Title and Institution: Assistant Professor, Geoscience Department, University of Calgary, Canada
Rachel Lauer joined the Geoscience Department at the University of Calgary in 2015, after completing her PhD in Geoscience at the Pennsylvania State University and a postdoctoral position at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She also holds an undergrad degree in Psychology from Bryn Mawr College and an M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering Geoscience from Radford University. In addition to her academic experience, Rachel has worked as a consultant in applied geophysics on both local and international projects. Rachel’s research is focused on both terrestrial and submarine geohazards (earthquakes, landslides) and she firmly believes that geoscience has a significant role to play in understanding and helping to mitigate the risk these natural hazards pose to people. Specifically, she has focused on submarine hydrogeology, or the movement of fluids in the oceanic crust beneath the seafloor, and their role in large scale earthquakes, such as the Tohoku Earthquake in 2011. This work has afforded her the opportunity to do research at the seafloor in Alvin, a deep-water submersible, to a depth of 4500m. Working in such regions gives Rachel a unique insight into the processes that are at play beneath the oceans, as well as giving her a new appreciation for the interconnected nature of geoscience and biology in the ocean crust.