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Rachel Seary

Rachel Seary

PhD Candidate, St Catharine's College

Rachel's research focuses on understanding mangrove-fishery-community linkages and the impacts of future mangrove loss or change.



  • 2015-Current: PhD Candidate, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
  • 2014-2015: MSc Ecosystem-based Management of Marine Systems, University of St Andrews
  • 2012- 2013: Research assistant and supervisor of fisheries research base at Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation, Greece.
  • 2010-2014: BSc Marine Biology, Swansea University


  • MSc Ecosystem-based Management of Marine Systems (Distinction), University of St Andrews, 2014-2015.
  • BSc Marine Biology (First Class), Swansea University, 2010-2014.

Funding and awards

  • 2015-2018: Nippon Foundation Nereus Fellowship
  • 2014-2015: The Fishmongers' Company Bursary
  • 2014: Graham Ralston Memorial Prize in Marine Biology, Swansea University
  • 2011: School of the Environment and Society Bursary, Swansea University


Supervised by: Dr Tom Spencer, Dr Mike Bithell and Dr Chris McOwen.

My PhD is being conducted between The Department of Geography, University of Cambridge and the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) under the Nereus Program, a cooperation between the University of British Columbia and The Nippon Foundation. Nereus is a large scale research network designed to develop scientific capability for predicting future seafood production.

My research focuses on exploring the importance of coastal habitats in artisanal fisheries production and seeks to understand the potential impacts of mangrove loss or change (e.g. degradation or conversion) on economies and food security. Mangrove decline by 1-2 % annually is cause for concern for the provision of a number of vital ecosystem services, particularly in supporting fisheries which sustain lives and livelihoods in some of the world's most fragile coastal communities.

Despite this, the importance of mangrove habitat and the role they play in supporting artisanal fisheries and further the potential impact of their loss is not well understood and has yet to be explored in a systematic way. As such, my research will investigate various aspects of mangrove-fishery-community linkages, from local to global scales.


Conference publications

  • Seary, R., Apostolidis, X., Bintoudi, E., Shepperson, J., Jeffery, A. & Miliou, A. (2013) Artisanal fisheries landings by seabed habitat in Fourni, NE Aegean, Greece: Preliminary results. 40th CIESM Congress Proceedings. Available at:
  • Seary, R., Acasuso- Rivero, C., Miliou, A., Standerwick, R., Demitriou, M., Chuda, D. & Siwka, I. (2013) Multiple phase microplastic assessment of the Greek Marine Environment. 40th CIESM Congress Proceedings. Available at:

External activities

  • Member of The Fisheries Society of the British Isles
  • Member of St Catharine's College Boat Club