Rachel Watson

Rachel Watson

- Report Writer

I have always been interested in nature, animals, and the ocean, but my desire to launch a career in marine conservation came later in life. I grew up in rural western Pennsylvania before moving to Philadelphia, where I obtained my BA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University. After university, I moved to Los Angeles to follow my dream of working in the film industry.

For 15 years, I worked in post-production in the film industry, primarily as an assistant editor. During this time, I began volunteering locally at the Heal the Bay Aquarium in Santa Monica. It was at Heal the Bay where I truly fell in love with sea creatures and felt the pull to get involved in more marine conservation projects. I volunteered with organisations in Belize, Cambodia, and Slovenia, while also maintaining my long-term volunteer status at the aquarium (9 years and 1100+ hours!). During 2020 and the COVID lockdowns, I decided that I wanted to pursue my goal of contributing to marine conservation full time, and in 2022 I was accepted to the Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology MSc programme at the University of Aberdeen. I traded the sunny skies Los Angeles for the beautiful greys of Aberdeen, where I completed my master’s degree in 2023. My thesis was on the essential habitats of herring and sprat in the North Sea in a time of uncertainty regarding offshore renewable energy developments, fisheries, and climate change.

The opportunity to work as a report writer at OSC was a compelling factor in my decision to remain in the UK after graduation, rather than return to the United States. I am excited to apply my skills to write reports, to learn more about MMO and PAM work, and to contribute to meaningful marine mammal consultancy work. In my spare time I enjoy baking, knitting, and exploring the outdoors in bonnie Scotland.

OSC Report Writer Rachel Watson
Rachel Watson
Report Writer
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