Rachel W. Obbard

Academic Appointments
  • Senior Lecturer/Adjunct Associate Professor

  • Senior Scientist, SETI Institute

I'm an engineer and a professor in Dartmouth’s Institute of Writing and Rhetoric, where I teach Writing 5 (Expository Writing), Writing 7 (First Year Seminar) and Writing 44 (Science and Technology Writing).

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37 Dewey Field Road, Room 213
HB 6250


  • Ph.D. Engineering, Dartmouth College
  • M.S. Materials Science and Engineering, University of New Hampshire
  • B.S. Engineering Physics, Colorado School of Mines

Selected Publications

  • The Holy Grail: A Roadmap for Unlocking the Climate Record Stored within Mars' Polar Layered Deposits. I. Smith, K. Zacny, P. Hayne, P. Becerra, D. Lalich, J. Emmett, J. Hanley, R. Staehle, P. Buhler, T. Navarro, M. Perry, J. Stern, C. Hansen, J.W. Holt, M. Kahre, S. Parra, B. Ehlmann, S. Milkovich, M. Koutnik, B. Horgan, R. Obbard, M. Hecht, S. Byrne, C. Hvidberg, M. Landis, K. Herkenhoff, M. Skidmore, A. Kleinboehl, N. Putzig, M. Siegler, B. Henderson, D. Banfield, L. Edgar, S. Piqueux, N. Thomas, W. Calvin, D. Paige, L. Carter. Planetary and Space ScienceResubmitted

  • Towards the Integrated Marine Debris Observing System. N. Maximenko, P. Corradi, K. Lavender Law, E. Van Sebille, S. P. Garaba, R. S. Lampitt, F. Galgani, V. Martinez-Vicente, L. Goddijn-Murphy, J. M. Veiga, R. C. Thompson, C. Maes, D. Moller, C. Regina Löscher, A. M. Addamo, M. Lamson, L. R. Centurioni, N. Posth, R. Lumpkin, M. Vinci, A. M. Martins, C. D. Pieper, A. Isobe, G. Hanke, M. Edwards, I. P. Chubarenko, E. Rodriguez, S. Aliani, M. Arias, G. P. Asner, A. Brosich, J. T. Carlton, Y. Chao, A.-M. Cook, A. Cundy, T. S. Galloway, A. Giorgetti, G. J. Goni, Y. Guichoux, B. D. Hardesty, N. Holdsworth, L. Lebreton, H. A. Leslie, I. Macadam-Somer, T. Mace, M. Manuel, R. Marsh, E. Martinez, D. Mayor, M. Le Moigne, M. E. M. Jack, M. C. Mowlem, R. W. Obbard, Katsiaryna Pabortsava, Bill Robberson, A.-E. Rotaru, M. T. Spedicato, M. Thiel, A. Turra, C. Wilcox Frontiers in Marine ScienceFront. Mar. Sci., 28 August 2019 | https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2019.00447

  • A Network Model for Characterizing Brine Channels in Sea Ice. R.M. Lieb-Lappen, D.D. Kumar, S.D. Pauls, R.W. Obbard. The Cryosphere. DOI:10.5194/tc-2017-169

  • Microplastics in Polar Regions: the role of long range transport. R. W. Obbard. Current Opinion in Environmental Science & Health. Volume 1, February 2018, Pages 24–29 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.coesh.2017.10.004 - INVITED

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Speaking Engagements

  • In Situ Studies of Tidelines on Paper. R. Obbard. Topics in Preservation Lecture. Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. December 4, 2017

  • Ice Sampling and In Situ Analysis. R. Obbard. Unlocking the Climate Record Stored within Mars' Polar Layered Deposits Workshop. Keck Institute for Space Studies. California Institute of Technology. August 10, 2017.

  • The Material World. R. Obbard. Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, Hanover, NH. February 16, 2016