Having spent most of her childhood by the beach with her local BSAC club, Rachael became interested in the marine environment. She then started working at Vobster Quay Inland Diving Centre and ended up embarking on a BSc Hons in Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology at Plymouth University, where she also completed the HSE part IV.
Rachael’s summers were spent working as a Divemaster at Vobster, and during the university term, she was fortunate enough to work at the Diving Diseases Research Centre (DDRC), where she was a tender and driver for routine and emergency patients. This further sparked her interest in marine biology and diving safety.
Rachael undertook an MSc with Heriot-Watt University confirming her passion for the marine environment. Whilst studying for her MSc she spent some time in Orkney, diving Scapa Flow and conducting biological research on the Markgraf and has not looked back since.
Following completion of her MSc, Rachael joined the crew aboard Halton Charters and has got involved in many scientific projects, such as the Phase 2 Salvage Site Report, Northern Isles Landscape Partnership Scheme, and many BSAC photogrammetry expeditions. She has also received the Women Divers Hall of Fame (WDHOF) grant for Assistant Life Support Technician.
Since then, Rachael has started a PhD at Newcastle University, continuing her research that started in Scapa Flow. Part of this project is to create awareness and to help preserve the underwater marine heritage as part of the national lottery heritage-funded project ‘Seascapes’, the first of its kind, based between the Tyne and the Tees. This will see Rachael getting local diving clubs involved, to create citizen science generated photogrammetric models. Follow the link to find out more: Homepage – Explore Seascapes