Degrees and Education
- 2011 University of St Andrews, MRes Marine Mammal Science. Distinction for the dissertation: Habitat use of the South Abaco Island bottlenose dolphin community.
- 2010 Aberdeen University BSc Hons Marine Biology (1st Class)
Rachael has been working in the field of marine mammal science for six years. She has two years’ experience conducting visual marine mammal surveys where she investigated the behavioural impacts of swim-with-dolphin tourism in New Zealand then worked as a research assistant at the University of Aberdeen on the long term bottlenose dolphin photo-identification project. Since then, Rachael has rapidly gained expertise in marine mammal consultancy with SMRU Consulting and has experienced a wide range of project work:
- Lead author for the marine mammal ES chapter for a novel floating wind development.
- Baseline characterisation reports for offshore wind farms, tidal and offshore infrastructure projects.
- Input into noise impact assessments, ES chapters and marine mammal monitoring protocols for offshore wind farms.
- Analytical work including population trajectory modelling using PCoD.
- Seal count and telemetry data analysis.
- Main GIS specialist at SMRU Consulting Europe.
- Trained in spatial modelling methods for correlated data and distance sampling.
- Visual marine mammal survey projects including designing surveys and protocols, acting as survey coordinator and analysing and reporting data.
- Involved in designing and implementing a novel photographic geo-referencing technique to obtain more accurate sighting location data during land based vantage point surveys
- Experienced in identifying marine mammal species from digital still images obtained during aerial surveys.
- Experience on various PAM projects conducting analysis of data for baseline site characterisation and underwater noise monitoring during construction works.