Dr. Rachel Licker is a senior climate scientist with the Climate and Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). In her role, Rachel communicates climate science to policymakers, the public, and the media. She analyzes new developments in climate science and works to defend climate science budgets and programs. Prior to joining UCS, Rachel completed an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellowship. For her fellowship, she served as a foreign affairs officer with the U.S. Department of State, where she managed its work with the Global Environment Facility Trust Fund. Rachel earned her PhD in Environment and Resources and her BS in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also holds an MS in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science from Lund University in Sweden.