Rachel Pears

Risk Management Coordinator

In her role as RRAP Risk Management Coordinator Dr Rachel Pears is overseeing processes to identify and manage risk associated with the future deployment of RRAP interventions.

Rachel is an environmental manager, with over 15 years’ experience in a variety of reef management roles at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, and 5 years at CRC Reef. She also brings international experience from roles in marine conservation, science and capacity-building in Galapagos, the Caribbean and around the Indo-Pacific. During this time she has worked on many policy areas including strategic policy, restoration and adaptation interventions, reef health, fisheries, ecosystem resilience, climate change, biodiversity protection, adaptation and governance. She has led and collaborated on large multi-disciplinary projects and risk assessments with teams of experts, regulators and stakeholders.  Rachel also had a successful first career as a professional engineer, has done over 1000 scuba dives on coral reefs, and has strong practical at-sea experience and understanding of operations and logistics.

Rachel holds an honours degree from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, a Masters degree from University College London, and a PhD from James Cook University – spanning marine science, conservation and natural resource management and engineering.