- B.A, History, University of Missouri-Kansas City
- M.A, Modern History, King's College- London
Rebecca Egli is a PhD candidate in U.S. Environmental and Western History. Her dissertation examines federally-funded agricultural science in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, particularly the work of USDA agricultural explorers: federal scientists dedicated to the discovery and importation of foreign biota for the purpose of transforming native ecologies and improving American agriculture.
This agricultural, environmental, and cultural history of plant introduction looks closely at turn of the century plant science, attitudes towards breeding and race, and some of the ecological consequences of importing non-native plants and insects into the United States.