Rachel is the Senior Benthic Ecologist at Geoscience Australia in Canberra. She is involved in research on biodiversity patterns, marine resource management, and impacts of anthropogenic stressors. She recently led the Gippsland Marine Environmental Monitoring project in which the potential impacts of a marine seismic survey on fish and scallops were assessed to address concerns from fisheries and petroleum industries. She is also involved in the NESP Marine Biodiversity Hub (as well as its previous incarnations) by providing ecological information needed to help manage Australia’s Commonwealth Marine Reserves. Rachel completed her PhD at the University of Wollongong in 2005 where she studied the effects of multiple stressors on molluscan embryos, as well as their associated chemical and behavioural protection. She then undertook a postdoctoral position at Stony Brook University in New York as a visiting professor where she investigated the effects of harmful algae on commercially important clams. Rachel also has a background in science communication and has an interest in the influence of modern media on the public perceptions of marine science.
Rachel attended her first AMSA conference in 2004 and helped organise the 2014 conference in Canberra. She is President of the ACT Branch of AMSA, as well as the President of the Malacological Society of Australasia. She joined AMSA Council as a general councillor in 2016.