Rachel Jones MSc.

Zoological Society of London


I am the project manager for the Bertarelli Programme in Marine Science (BPMS).

I joined the BPMS in 2017, when nine projects were chosen to launch the research programme. Since then, I have been coordinating the management of the different projects. Specifically, my role is to provide the large science team with logistical support, coordination and effective communication. A crucial part of my role is to link our large body of marine scientists with the MPA management team. This ensures that conservation activity is supported by objective scientific information.

I highly value the time I spend working with our teams in the field. My first trip in the Chagos Archipelago was in 2006. I was active in the campaign to get the Marine Protected Area declared back in 2010. Given the intense threats marine biodiversity is under elsewhere in the world I have always vigorously promoted the Chagos Archipelago as the invaluable refuge for biodiversity it is.

We recently added a project to our growing portfolio. It studies and mitigates the effects of plastics on sea turtles within the Chagos Archipelago.

It’s an immense honor to work with such a talented group of people studying a place that I think is one of the world’s great natural wonders.

Rachel Jones


2017 Present
Project manager, BPMS
1998 2016
Team Leader of the aquarium team (2010), ZSL Animal Department
1995 1996
MSc, Imperial College London
1988 1992
BSc, University of Hertfordshire

My Project

  • Species Distribution and Ecology
    A Conservation Framework for the Endangered Chagos Brain Coral, Ctenella chagius
  • Island Reef Connections
    Reducing the Impacts of Plastic around the Indian Ocean Natural Environment

My Publications