Rachel Maxwell, SWES Alumni

Rachel Maxwell has been a Staff Scientist with ROUX for over a year and half. In December 2013, she received her M.S. under the direction of Dr. Jon Chorover with the Biogeochemistry Lab Group. Rachel received her B.S. in Environmental Science with a focus in Sustainable Land/Water Management from the University of Arizona’s SWES Department in May 2012 and was named the Most Outstanding Senior.

During her time as a Master’s student, she conducted research on the fate and transport of emerging contaminants in the UA Catalina-Critical Zone Observatory. She participated in field campaigns, laboratory analyses, and development of novel analytical methods.


As an undergraduate Rachel was a REU-NSF Intern at the Carnegie Institute of Science, a UA Student’s for Sustainability Intern, a UA/NASA Space Grant Intern, an Environmental Engineer Intern at Rio Tinto, and a recipient of the UA Water Sustainability Program Undergraduate Fellowship. Also, Rachel was one of the Co-Founders of the UA Compost Cats Program.

While at UA Rachel was awarded various scholarships and awards to fund her education and research including; the Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals Environmental Scholarship, the Southern Arizona Environmental Management Society Scholarship, a NASA Astrobiology Institute Travel Grant, the UA Green Fund Grant, and the Wildcat Excellence Scholarship.

Since her time at ROUX Rachel has been involved in a number of projects, ranging from field sampling to expert report writing. However, she primarily assists the litigation team out of the Oakland Office working on various projects including: fate and transport of environmental contaminants, timing release events, and determining pollution allocations for sites with multiple potential responsible parties.