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Dr. Rachel Cavanagh - Profile

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+44 (0)1223 221400

British Antarctic Survey
Madingley Road, High Cross
Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB3 0ET United Kingdom


I have a first class degree in Zoology and a PhD in population ecology, both from the University of Liverpool. I am now part of the British Antarctic Survey's Ecosystem Programme, with a particular interest in Southern Ocean food webs and change. I have 12 years’ experience in coordinating and leading international programmes, and I am currently the Executive Officer of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme’s (IGBP) Integrating Climate and Ecosystem Dynamics in the Southern Ocean programme (ICED). I coordinate cross-disciplinary ICED research linking physics, biogeochemistry and ecology in order to detect, project and manage the effects of change in the Southern Ocean. I am PI of a NERC International Opportunities Fund grant for ICED and co-leader of the EUR-OCEANS Flagship on Polar Ecosystem Change and Syntheses (PECS), a project funded by the EUR-OCEANS Consortium. Prior to BAS, I was the Executive Officer of the IUCN Shark Specialist Group and I am currently a member of their Executive Committee.