About Rachel Rhode

Rachel Rhode

Manager, Climate Resilient Coasts & Watersheds


Areas of expertise:

Coastal resilience, adaptation, natural infrastructure, large-scale restoration, ecosystems, rivers and deltas, science-based decision making, marine ecology


As a manager for EDF’s climate resilient coasts and watersheds strategic initaitive, Rachel works to build resilience for coastal communities facing unprecedented threats from climate change. She seeks opportunities for innovation and collaboration that engage communities from the ground up and governments from the top down by using science-based solutions. Committed to developing and implementing locally-supported solutions, Rachel aims to help vulnerable communities bounce forward — rather than back — from disasters and other climate change impacts.


Previously, Rachel was a program assistant for EDF's Coastal Resilience team supporting the EDF team involved in the Restore the Mississippi River Delta coalition. She also led the coordination of the coalition's Projects and Science Committees dealing with grant reporting and tracking as well as project management. Rachel received both her BA and Master’s Degree in Marine Science in Florida and did her thesis work on river diversions and wetland loss in the Mississippi River Delta and their associated effects on oysters.


  • M.S. in Marine Environmental Science, Nova Southeastern University
  • B.S. in Marine Science, Minor in Geography, Jacksonville University, Cum Laude


Kar, D., Rhode, R., Snider, N.P., and Robichaux, E. 2020. Measuring Success through Outcome Indicators for Restoration Efforts in Louisiana. Global Coastal Issues of 2020. Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue No. 95, pp. 1128-1133.