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Rachel Arney

Graduate Student

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Geography-Geology Building, Room 120S
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Rachel is broadly interested in the production of ecological knowledge in politically charged spaces. Specifically, she studies how conservation agencies in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands produce science that reifies the colonial state and how these agencies can create more emancipatory ecologies. 


Rachel is a PhD student in the Integrative Conservation and Geography programs at UGA. She is  interested in political ecology, critical physical geography, science and technology studies, and anti-colonial environmental governance. 


M.S., Biology, University of Texas-Brownsville, 2014

B.A., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, 2010



2023                Southeastern Division of the American Association of Geographers Graduate Student Mini-Research Grant ($500)

2022                American Association of Geographers Student Travel Grant ($500)

2022 – 2023     George Hugh Boyd Memorial Scholarship ($2,000), University of Georgia Graduate School

2022                Summer Research Grant ($1,337), University of Georgia Graduate School

2022                Field Study Award ($750), Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers

2022                AGILE Scientist Award ($250), University of Georgia Integrative Conservation Program

2021                Graduate Student Research Award ($250), Graduate Student Affinity Group of the American Association of Geographers

Courses Regularly Taught:
Selected Publications:

Arney, R.N., Henderson, M.B., DeLoach, H., Lichtenstein, G., & German, L.A. Connecting across difference in environmental governance: Beyond rights, recognition and participation, Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space.

Arney, R. N., Shepherd, A. K., Alexander, H. D., & Rahman, A. F. (2020). Soil Carbon and Nitrogen Storage in Natural and Prop-Scarred Thalassia Testudinum Seagrass Meadows. Estuaries and Coasts, 1-11.

Arney, R. N., Froehlich, C. Y., & Kline, R. J. (2017). Recruitment patterns of juvenile fish at an artificial reef area in the Gulf of Mexico. Marine and Coastal Fisheries9(1), 79-92.

Articles Featuring Rachel Arney
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 - 3:34pm

From past October 25th to November 3rd, the Honor students from GEOG 2250H: Resources, Society, and the Environment experienced the innovated flipped classroom approach when they engaged in Reacting To The Past (RTTP) to simulate the events at Copenhagen, for…

Major Professor

Jennifer L. Rice

Associate Professor

Committee Members

Steve Holloway


Amy Trauger


External Committee

Laura A. German
Jesse Abrams

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