Rachel Quist

Rachel Quist is an archaeologist working in the Great Basin of the Western United States.She has specific expertise in cultural resource management, prehistoric technology, lithic toolstone, procurement, geomorphology of the Bonneville Basin, and public history projects. She may be contacted through her website at www.rachelquist.com.

What is the Public Land Survey and Why Do We Still Use It?

Rachel Quist

Have you ever wondered why on legal documents your house is not listed with your address but rather by parcel ...

Geography Careers

Rachel Quist

“Well, I guess you can always teach.”  If this is the response you get from friends and family when you ...

This station contains a combined GPS and seismometer. Photo: USGS geologist viewing the northeastern slope of Mount Hood from Shellrock monitoring station, Liz Westby, USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory. Public domain, July 16, 2015.

What is GPS?

Rachel Quist

So, what exactly is GPS? How does GPS work?

Bristlecone pine forest in Great Basin National Park. Photo: USGS, public domain.

Island Biogeography of the Great Basin

Rachel Quist

The theory of island biogeography is one of the explanations as to why speciation occurs.

RQ-8A Fire Scout Vertical Takeoff and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VTUAV) System.

Using Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) for Remote Sensing of Archaeological Sites

Rachel Quist

Unmanned vehicles are becoming more widely available both in the military and civilian sectors for their usefulness for remotely acquiring ...