Rachel Glade

Position/what you do at U of R?Rachel Glade hiking in snow

I’m an Assistant Professor and PI of the DRIP (Dirt, Rivers, Ice, Particles) Lab . We use experiments, computer models and field work to study how sediment transport shapes landscapes on Earth and other planets via rivers and hillslopes. 

Where are you from?

I’m originally from Miami, Florida, but have also lived in Philly, Colorado and most recently, New Mexico. 

What got you interested in Earth and Environmental Sciences?

As a kid my family went on a lot of kayaking and camping trips in The Everglades. Though I never took an earth science class before college, I accidentally fell into my field of Geomorphology—the study of landscapes—as a college sophomore because the word just sounded cool (even though I had no idea what it was!). 

What do you enjoy most about U of R?

I enjoy being able to interact with so many incredible scientists and students at all levels. Plus the campus is absolutely beautiful in all seasons! 

Do you have any hidden talents or hobbies?

My husband and I like to make experimental short puppet films... We also once made a short documentary interviewing attendees at a paranormal convention in Santa Fe, NM. 

What is your idea of a perfect day?

A perfect day would involve a nice hike in Rochester with our dog, Cyrano de Bergerac; a lot of delicious food; and some chance encounters with interesting people.