Research Associate and Science Communicator
Research Associate and Science Communicator


Rachael is a writer and communicator with several years of experience in marine related project communications. She is part of the Coastal Sciences Division at the Marine and Coastal Research Laboratory at PNNL-Sequim. She earned her master’s in communication with a specialization in journalism innovation from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University studying new media and strategic communications. Her current work is largely focused on project science communications with a focus on marine energy projects.

Rachael’s background includes assisting strategic communication plan implementation in the marine industry and government policy communications. She now supports communication engagement efforts with the Triton Initiative, a project working to progress the marine renewable energy industry by researching potential environmental impacts of marine energy deployments. She also provides communications support to the Department of Defense (DoD) Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) project, helping to educate stakeholders on the value of Sequim Bay as a unique test demonstration site for this DoD-funded project.

Research Interest

  • Marine renewable energy communication
  • Science communication
  • Conservation
  • Environmental communication
  • Environmental justice


  • BA in Journalism/Marketing, University of Arizona
  • MS in Communication, Syracuse University