Rachel Wigginton

MS, Biology, CSU Long Beach, 2012
BS, Biology, Western Kentucky Univeristy, 2009

Research Interests

  • My work seeks to discover the impacts of invasive plants on invertebrate communities within tidal marsh ecosystems. My dissertation research focuses on two invasive plants in marshes of the San Francisco Bay Delta area: hybrid cordgrass (Spartina) and perennial pepperweed (Lepidium latifolium). Using these two study species, I am asking questions about restoration after eradication of an invasive ecosystem engineer, differential impacts of invasive plant density, and the interplay between invasive plants and drought in these systems. When I'm not knee deep in marsh mud, I'm working on honing my scientific communication skills or cultivating our local conservation community as the President of the Davis chapter of Society for Conservation Biology.

Area of Emphasis

  • Conservation Ecology

Major Professor

  • T. Grosholz

Current Degree

  • PhD


  • Environmental Science and Policy