Rachel Villani

Biography

EDUCATION

MS, Wildlife Ecology, Louisiana State University, May 2010 -- Thesis: Multi-Scale Habitat Associations of Shorebirds During Spring Migration in Southwestern Louisiana Rice Fields

BS, Wildlife and Fisheries, Louisiana State University, May 2007

 

Since 2010, Rachel has been working on the Coastwide Reference Monitoring System (CRMS) funded by the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act (CWPPRA). CRMS is a large-scale, long-term monitoring project that was developed to assess effectiveness of individual coastal wetland restoration projects while monitoring the ecological condition of wetlands across the entire coastal Louisiana landscape. CRMS is one of the largest wetland projects in the world, with nearly 400 stations in the network and all data is available publically. Rachel is responsible for all aspects of field data collection for CRMS, including seasonal accretion and surface elevation changes, discrete and continuous hydrologic parameters, and yearly vegetation surveys.