Rae Hanson is a Field Biologist with a B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology and a minor in Chemistry. She has experience as an undergraduate organic chemistry researcher in pharmaceutical oncology, and a focus in marine microbiology in benthic environments. For the past two years Rae has worked as a North Pacific Fisheries Observer with NOAA in Alaska conducting research on various cold water fisheries. Rae was introduced to Sixgill Shark research at the Seattle Aquarium in 2011, where she joined the Sixgill research and outreach program. She is an avid SCUBA diver and aspires to continue her research in marine molecular mechanisms in deep sea environments, hydrothermal vents, and methane seeps.