WHOI Sea Grant and the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension are excited to announce the addition of our newest staff member, Marine Resource Specialist Rachel Hutchinson.
Rachel will focus on the water quality monitoring program as well as shellfish-related research and monitoring projects. She will work alongside Fisheries & Aquaculture Specialists Josh Reitsma and Abigail Archer.
Rachel is no stranger to the Cape. She previously worked as Shellfish Propagation Specialist/ Assistant Shellfish Constable with the Town of Chatham Shellfish Division, and as a Natural Resource Officer with the Town of Eastham.
Rachel earned her MPS in Wildlife Conservation and Management from Unity College in Maine and her BS in Geology and Environmental Science from SUNY Cortland in New York. She also attended the University of Oklahoma where she completed graduate work in Environmental Science and Environmental Engineering.
When asked what she is most looking forward to in her new position, she replied, “The opportunity to expand on the shellfish field work I’ve been doing for years, and to explore questions and do research on issues I’ve seen. I am excited to be in a position to help guide research and explore changes in the marine environment and concerns that Town Shellfish Departments and shellfish growers have."