As a child, Rachael devoured every science book and magazine she could find, especially the ones about space and the solar system; she wanted be an astronaut when she grew up. Later, she realized that a career in science writing would be a safer way to feed her curiosity.

Rachael graduated from Williams College in 1998 with a bachelorís degree in biology and a concentration in neuroscience, and then studied the tiny brain of the C. elegans worm at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital. While there, she wrote pieces for Harvardís Focus, a science publication highlighting research from the universityís medical, dental, and public health schools. In 2000, she went back to school to study the environment and graduated from Brown University in 2002 with a masterís degree in environmental studies (and a thesis on air pollution and socioeconomic status in Providence, RI). After graduate school, she enjoyed internships at, where she wrote 40 science news stories in 10 weeks, The Annals of Improbable Research, producers of the yearly Ig Nobel prizes, and Discover magazine.

Rachael now writes from her office outside Boston. She focuses on science, health, biology, the environment, and nutrition, and her clients include EatingWell, Diabetic Living, and Men's Health. She has won numerous national awards for her writing, including four James Beard Foundation journalism awards, four American Society of Journalists and Authors awards, among others, and has been a finalist for a National Magazine Award.

She still wants to see the Earth from space.