Rachel is the MBA’s Research Vessel Manager for the RV MBA Sepia, working alongside the crew, to contribute to the MBA’s long term monitoring programmes and supporting MBA Fellows and Researchers at sea.
The MBA has conducted research at sea for over 100 years and its long term data set, which is collected by the MBA Sepia team, is one of the longest running marine biological data sets in the world.
Rachel graduated in 2016 with a Masters by Research in Biosciences from University of Exeter, where she researched interactions between small-scale commercial fisheries and marine megafauna on Guatemala’s Pacific coast. Prior to this, she founded and managed her own not-for-profit organisation in Guatemala, working with local communities to sustainably manage coastal resources through implementation of a range of research and conservation initiatives. Rachel has extensive sea-going experience on a variety of commercial fishing and research vessels obtained through several years of working in UK fisheries management, as well as in her previous role as the Sea-Going Research Technician with the MBA.