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Rachel Wood

Assistant Professor

4031 LSB
Provo, UT 84602


Dr. Wood is an ecosystem ecologist with a focus on biogeochemistry and wetland ecology. She grew up in Houston, Texas, and graduated from BYU with a B.S. and M.S. in Environmental Science (2012/2013). She was the manager of the Environmental Analytical Laboratory at BYU from 2012 to 2021 and received a Ph.D. in Ecology from Utah State University in 2021. Her research centers on linkages between human disturbance, ecosystem function, and microbial community response in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. She is currently investigating the effect of environmental perturbations associated with Phragmites invasion and control measures on microbial gene expression and community functions.

Research Interests

Wetland ecology, biogeochemical cycling, ecosystem ecology, invasive species and conservation, terrestrial-aquatic interactions, limnology, ecosystem health assessment, water quality

Teaching Interests

Wetland Ecology

Courses Taught