Elizabeth Rauer

Communications Manager for the Global Reef Expedition


When Elizabeth left home to study marine biology at Brown University, she started on a journey that would lead her to work on marine science and conservation across the United States. Elizabeth spent some time at Duke University’s Marine Lab studying oceanography and marine policy before heading to the University of Miami for a master’s degree in marine science and policy. Over the course of her academic career, she studied the physiology of turtles, red tides in the Gulf of Mexico, and the battle over fish and power in the Pacific Northwest with the Army Corps of Engineers.

Elizabeth has over 10 years of experience in marine conservation, policy, and communications. Most recently, she worked at Stanford University as a Communications Manager for the Natural Capital Project, which aims to align economic forces with conservation. Prior to that, she was a Conservation Scientist at the Marine Conservation Institute, where she worked on establishing new marine protected areas, conservation of marine mammals and endangered species, and sustainable seafood issues in addition to managing their outreach and communications.

In her current role as the Communications Manager for the Global Reef Expedition – a 5-year mission to study coral reef health around the world - Elizabeth writes and curates content for the Foundation’s social and digital media streams and works with the press to share stories of the scientific research conducted aboard the Expedition.