Skills and Specialties

  • Communication
  • Technical writing
  • Ecological restoration
  • Impact assessment
  • Public engagement
  • Scientific illustration
  • GIS and MARXAN


  • PADI Advanced Open Water
  • NAI Certified Interpretive Guide
  • Queensland Recreational Marine License
  • Driver’s License (unrestricted)
  • First Aid, CPR

Favorite Marine Organism?

Sea snake (Hydrophiinae)

Rachelle Brown

Conservation Biologist

MSc • James Cook University
BA • Vassar College
Rachelle is a conservationist from the United States with a strong background in ecological restoration. She studied a Master of Science in Tropical Biology and Conservation at James Cook University and developed a strong knowledge base and skill set through her work in protected areas within the United States, Panama, Indonesia, Costa Rica and the Galápagos Islands in Ecuador. Rachelle‘s strengths lie in effective communication to diverse audiences, field research and monitoring techniques, biological illustration, geographic information systems (GIS) and creating project-based reports such as restoration plans and impact assessments. Her passion is in assisting ecosystems and threatened species in recovering from the many modern-day threats they face. She is pleased to work with Reef Ecologic to help protect the natural beauty of Queensland and abroad.

Recent Publications

  • Smith, A., Cook, N., Cook, K., Brown, R., Woodgett, R., Veron, J., & Saylor, V. (2021). Field measurements of a massive Porites coral at Goolboodi (Orpheus Island), Great Barrier Reef. Scientific Reports, 11(1), 1–6.