Abbreviated CV (full CV here):


2018-present Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD. Title: Scripps Institutional Postdoctoral Scholar (supervisor: Emily Chin)


University of Texas at Austin, PhD in Geosciences, 2018 (Advisor: Whitney Behr, now at ETH Zurich)

Princeton University, B.S.E. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2009


National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA. July 2011 – July 2013. Title: Science Assistant for the Division of Earth Sciences

Schlumberger Drilling and Measurements, Youngsville, LA. October 2009 – June 2011. Title: Field Engineer


Dygert, N., Bernard, R. E., & Behr, W. M. (2019), Great Basin mantle xenoliths record active lithospheric downwelling beneath central Nevada. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 20, DOI: 10.1029/2018GC007834.

Bernard, Rachel E. and Emily H.G. Cooperdock (2018), No progress on diversity in 40 years. Nature Geoscience 11, 292–295, doi:10.1038/s41561-018-0116-6.

Bernard, Rachel E. and Colleen Henegan (2018), A Polarizing View, The Science Teacher, 85 (1), 33-41. (The Science Teacher is a peer-reviewed education journal by the National Science Teachers Association).

Bernard, Rachel E., and W. M. Behr (2017), Fabric heterogeneity in the Mojave lower crust and lithospheric mantle in Southern California, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 122, doi:10.1002/2017JB014280.


Bernard, Rachel E., Day, J. D., and E. Chin. Strong olivine lattice preferred orientation in brachinite-like achondrites. Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, The Woodlands, TX. Poster Presentation. (March 21, 2019)

Bernard, Rachel E., Behr, W.M, Becker, T., and D. Young. Relationships between olivine LPO and deformation conditions in naturally deformed rocks and implications for mantle seismic anisotropy. 2018 AGU Annual Meeting, Washington, DC. Oral Presentation.

Bernard, Rachel E., Behr, W.M. Plagioclase-dominated seismic anisotropy in the Basin and Range lower crust. 2017 AGU Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA. Oral Presentation.

*Bernard, Rachel E., Mayfield, K.K. Doctoral programs need changes to attract and retain underrepresented groups. 2017 AGU Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA. Oral Presentation.

Bernard, Rachel E., and Whitney M. Behr. “Constraints from naturally deformed peridotites on controls on olivine lattice preferred orientation.” 2016 AGU Fall Meeting. Oral Presentation.

Bernard, Rachel E., and Whitney M. Behr. “Rheology of the Mojave Lower Crust and Lithospheric Mantle As Revealed By Xenoliths.” 2016 SACNAS Annual Meeting. October 13-15, 2016. Oral Presentation.

Bernard, Rachel E., and Whitney M. Behr. “Constraints from xenoliths on the rheology of the Mojave lower crust and lithospheric mantle.” 2015 Southern California Earthquake Center Annual Meeting, Palm Springs, CA. Poster Presentation.


  • 2018-2019: Scripps Institutional Postdoctoral Fellowship

  • 2017: Geological Society of America Research Grant

  • 2015-2018: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

  • 2015: Marathon Oil Diversity Scholarship

  • 2014: Microanalysis Society Student Travel Grant for EBSD 2014 conference

  • 2014: Ford Foundation Fellowship, Honorable Mention and Alternate Status

  • 2014: Geological Society of America Research Grant

  • 2014: UT Off-Campus Research Fellowship from Ronald K. DeFord Field Scholarship Fund


Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. NSF-funded Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP) (advisor: Liz Cottrell)

University of Minnesota Geology Department REU. Summer 2008. Intern.

Princeton Environmental Engineering and Water Resources Program. 2007-2008. Undergraduate Research Assistant.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C. Summer 2007. Intern.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD. Summer 2006. Intern.


  • American Geophysical Union (2011-Present)

  • Geological Society of America (2011-Present)

  • SANCAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science) (2016-Present)

  • UT Black Graduate Student Association (2013-2015)