Department of Biological Sciences

Rachel Simons Ph.D.

Lecturer of Biology
Rachel Simons

Office Location

223 Science



Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Biology, University of Utah, 1997
  • B.A. Biology, University of Pennsylvania, 1987


Dr. Simons joined the Biology Department at USM in 2015. She is a functional morphologist with expertise in the evolution of respiratory and locomotor integration. She conducted postdoctoral work at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and she held previous teaching appointments at Monroe Community College and the Nazareth College of Rochester. She has taught part time at USM since 2004.

Dr. Simons regularly teaches Human Anatomy and Physiology courses (BIO 111, 112, 113, 114), as well as the plant and animal physiology course (BIO 109) within the introductory biology sequence.

Dr. Simons serves as the Health Professions Advisor for students interested in attending medical, dental, or optometry schools.