Rachel Lentz is a science writer and communications specialist who has worked with PI-CASC since 2015. She maintains the PI-CASC website and develops communication products such as the monthly Pacific Pandanus newsletter, reports, brochures, flyers, and other print and electronic outreach materials, as well as running the SURF program and helping with various other PI-CASC communication efforts.
Rachel earned her PhD at the University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa (UHM), as a hard rock planetary geologist, studying lava flow emplacement mechanisms on Earth to learn about the formation of volcanic rocks on the Moon and Mars. After several years as a post-doctoral researcher first at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and then back at UHM, she “gave back” for six years, teaching math and science to middle and high school students at an all-girls, private school in Honolulu, before being drawn to science communication about climate issues. Now, she facilitates the dissemination of important climate adaptation science information and products to those needing the information to make our world a better place.