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Rachel Melton

Undergraduate Research Fellow

Rachel is a junior at Virginia Tech expecting to graduate with a B.S. in Environmental Informatics. She would like to pursue a career making geospatial maps to solve problems in the environment. Rachel has been using GIS for 4 years. She already has created a map that describes the likely spread of Zika virus in the United States which has been published in the Library of Congress. Rachel is a member of the Virginia Tech Clay Target Team and the Virginia Tech chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. In her free time, she enjoys being outside hiking the beautiful trails of the Blue Ridge Mountains or horseback riding. Rachel is pursuing this research opportunity in order to expand her knowledge and abilities using GIS in practical applications and to gain valuable experience doing field research.