Dr Rachel Cavanagh

Ecosystem scientist at British Antarctic Survey (BAS)


Rachel has a first class degree in Zoology and a PhD in population ecology from the University of Liverpool. She works within the British Antarctic Survey’s Ecosystem Programme and her research is focused on understanding and managing the effects of change on Southern Ocean ecosystems. She has a particular interest in providing policy-relevant science on climate and ecosystem dynamics to inform conservation and management decisions. She has >15 years’ experience in coordinating and leading international programmes: previously the Executive Officer of the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Species Survival Commission’s Shark Specialist Group, she is currently the Executive Officer of the Integrating Climate and Ecosystem Dynamics in the Southern Ocean Programme (ICED), a regional programme of IMBeR (Integrated Marine Biosphere Research), and a member of Future Earth’s Ocean Knowledge-Action Network Development Team. She leads and coordinates cross-disciplinary research linking climate science, biogeochemistry and ecology to detect, project and manage the effects of change in the Southern Ocean.