Researcher and Project Leader

GPO Box 378 Canberra ACT 2601

02 6249 9101

Person details


Current activities

Rachel is currently employed at Geoscience Australia as the senior benthic marine ecologist, working on both NERP Marine Hub and Marine Resources and Information sections.


Rachel is broadly interested in the relationships between marine invertebrates and their environment, particularly those associated with early life stages.  

Academic qualifications

Rachel obtained her Bachelors in biology and English from Alma College (Michigan, US) and went on to complete her PhD at the University of Wollongong. She also held a postdoctoral position at Stony Brook University (New York, US) in the Department of Ecology and Evolution.


Over 40 peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals, as well as numerous reports and popular science articles. The following is a representative list of publications:   

Carroll A, Przeslawski R, Bruce B, Gunning M-E, Duncan A. 2017. A critical review of the potential impacts of marine seismic surveys on fish and invertebrates. Marine Pollution Bulletin 114:9-24.

Przeslawski R, Byrne M, Mellin C. 2015. A review and meta-analysis of the effects of multiple abiotic stressors on marine embryos and larvae. Global Change Biology. 21:2122-40.

Przeslawski R, Alvarez B, Kool J, Bridge T, Caley MJ, Nichol S. 2015. Implications of sponge biodiversity patterns for the management of a marine reserve in Northern Australia. PLoS ONE 10(11): e0141813

Przeslawski R, Williams A, Ward T, Sorokin S, Currie D, Althaus F. 2011. Utility of a spatial habitat classification system as a surrogate of marine benthic community structure for the Australian margin. ICES Journal of Marine Science. 68: 1954-1962.

Przeslawski R, Ahyong S, Byrne M, Worheide G, Hutchings P. 2008. Beyond coral and fish: the effects of climate change on non-coral benthic invertebrates of tropical reefs. Global Change Biology 14: 2773-2795.

Membership of key national committees

Malacological Society of Australasia, President 2009-2016

Australian Marine Science Association, President ACT Branch 2014 - current

Australian Marine Science Association, National Councillor 2016 - current