Rachel Licker is a Postdoctoral Research Associate with STEP in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She also serves as a Chapter Scientist and Contributing Author for the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Working Group II – Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability, and is an Affiliate of the NOAA/Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory’s Climate Impacts and Extremes Group.
Rachel’s research interests lie at the intersection of climate change, food security, human decision- making, and policy. In particular, she enjoys integrating quantitative, climatological, and agronomic data with qualitative, sociological information to better understand interactions between human and environmental systems (particularly in agricultural settings), and issues related to global environmental change. At STEP, Rachel is examining how climate change impacts on agricultural systems may alter the migration patterns of rural residents in South Africa.
Prior to her postdoctoral position, Rachel completed her Ph.D. in Environment and Resources with the Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also holds a Master’s in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science from Lund University in Sweden, and a Bachelor’s in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.