Rachel Williams

Rachel Williams is a post-doctoral researcher in the Biology department at Duke University who specializes in the conservation of endangered and declining species in their natural environments. Her passion for conservation has taken her all over the world. Rachel first traveled to Africa for an undergraduate field course studying species interactions in Gambia; she returned several years later as a staff member on the course, helping undergraduate students to develop their own projects. Her doctoral fieldwork was spent diving in Australia’s Coral Sea and sampling the ancient cephalopod nautilus. Rachel’s current research looks at Madagascar’s dwarf lemurs and their evolution on one of the most unique places on Earth. “It has been a lifelong dream to work on the amazing diversity of life that Madagascar has to offer,” she says, “and it has exceeded all of my expectations.”