Rachael Bay

Rachel Bay

Position Title
Assistant Professor

Evolution and Ecology

4310 Storer Hall

Research Interests

Evolutionary response to human-induced environmental changes

Our lab studies interactions between human-induced changes in the environment and evolutionary processes. This includes how animals respond to changes in their environment that are caused by humans as well as how evolution might mitigate some of the negative impacts of human-induced change. We use a combination of ecological and physiological experiments and large-scale genomic and environmental data. Understanding patterns of evolution associated with anthropogenic impacts across a wide range of non-model animals can ultimately be used to create forward-looking conservation management decisions.

Grad Group Affiliations

  • TBA

Specialties / Focus

  • Molecular ecology
  • Local adaptation
  • Population genomics
  • Climate change


  • 2015 Ph.D. Biology Stanford University
  • 2010 M.Sc. Biology Dalhousie University
  • 2008 B.S. Marine Science/Biology University of Miami