Rachel D'Agui

Undergraduate Researcher
Rachel D'Agui

I am a Stanford student from Monterey County currently pursuing a B.A. in Philosophy and an M.A. in Earth Systems, Environmental Communication. Growing up in such a biodiverse ecosystem instilled in me a deep appreciation for the way that nature both humbles and uplifts us. I highly value the joy that can be derived from firsthand engagement with one's local wildlife, and I am a lifelong local frog lover. I’m particularly interested in exploring ways to connect people to the joy of their local animal neighbors and ecology, as well as preserving local frog populations throughout California.

In the lab, I am researching preference responses in poison frogs. My current project asks whether poison frogs experience a positive feedback response when they consume their diet-derived toxins. I hope that this will help to explain why poison frogs consume bitter-tasting toxins that other animals avoid. I also assist Nora Moskowitz with her research into poison frog dietary choices.

Outside of the lab, I can be found sitting by the pond, foraging, playing guitar, road tripping, and reading.