Rachel Renne grew up in rural southwest Florida and is currently a Master’s of Environmental Science candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. After graduating from college in 2008, she began a three-mile-per-hour tour—on foot—of the subtle and dramatic shifts of vegetation across the American landscape, hiking over 10,500 miles on National Scenic Trails.
At Yale, she has expanded her love of plants to a fascination with how soils translate climate into vegetation. The knowledge and skills she is building in this program have infused her experiences in the American West with a new sense of enchantment, as she gains insight into the patterns and processes of vegetation on the landscape. She is eager to return to the West and find her niche exploring these new facets of her long-term acquaintance with the landscape.