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Lara Rachowicz, PhD

My career was jumpstarted when I served as a Student Conservation Association volunteer ranger for a summer at Mount Rainier National Park, which led to other stints—protecting frogs at Yosemite National Park and nesting seabirds on Alcatraz Island. I spent a season giving talks about bears and glaciers on cruise ships at Glacier Bay National Park. My graduate research focused on an infectious chytrid fungus threatening frogs in California’s Sierra Nevada. I am proud to have dedicated my career to researching and protecting threatened and endangered wildlife species. My current focus is on how CEQA can help reduce the risk of wildfire in California, collaborating with regulatory agencies to develop creative and efficient solutions that prioritize community safety and species protection.

In my spare time, I enjoy yoga, backpacking, skiing, cooking, and spending time with my dogs and my family.

Senior Ecologist/Senior Environmental Project Manager
Berkeley Office Director
Senior Associate
Notable Projects

Board of Forestry and Fire Protection CalVTP EIR and Implementation

UC Berkeley Hill Campus Fire Fuel Plan

EBRPD East Bay Hills Vegetation Treatment Project


PhD, Ecology, Department of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley

MPH, Biostatistics/Epidemiology, UC Berkeley

BS, Geography, University of Wisconsin–Madison


Berkeley Animal Care Services

Berkeley Schools Fund

Berkeley Unified School District

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