Raquel is passionate about communication and ocean sustainability. She is the executive advisor of BlueBio Alliance (BBA), where she manages all the organization’s daily tasks. She has been involved in the development and implementation of stakeholder engagement projects related to the sustainable use of blue bioresources and in the organisation and dissemination of networking events and projects of BBA.
Raquel was the winner of the GBIF’s 2018 Young Researchers’ Award due to her master thesis project about the impact of climate change in the distribution of marine forests. She volunteers at Ocean Alive, the organization that inspired her to make the video for the 2019 Global Youth Video Competition in the category Cities and Local Action to Combat Climate Change.
Raquel is the Portuguese “All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassador” and is now, in her free time, working as project manager of Nuno Sá, an award-winning underwater cameraman, to create awareness about the ocean biodiversity and the challenges ahead.