“Home is the sailor, home from the sea”………….in loving memory of Rachel Anne Morrison


A statement written by Rachel’s friends and her “lab family” at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Rachel was a beautiful person, inside and out. We miss her contagious, never-ending smile, and her enthusiasm that made everyone around her share in her excitement. She is remembered for her open and welcoming spirit, her un-ending generosity, and her dedication to ocean science, conservation, and exploration.

Rachel was a passionate marine biologist and an incredibly hard worker. She was usually the first one in the office and the last to leave. She studied coral reef ecosystems on remote islands in the Pacific and fish behavior in local San Diego waters. In addition to working hard on her own research, her generosity extended to helping others. She was always willing to drop everything and focus on someone who needed help. One of her aspirations was to be a science editor, an essential part of success in the scientific world. To this end, she unequivocally offered her considerable writing and editing skills to anyone who needed her, making all of us better in the process. Everyone knew that Rachel was the person to turn to when we needed help.

Rachel had a phenomenal sense of adventure and was an explorer at heart. She enjoyed getting into the ocean any time, all the time, and had many close friends who shared time with her swimming in the ocean and running on the beach. One of Rachel’s favorite quotes, a philosophy by which she lived her life, was:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”


We will always keep her in our hearts and miss her dearly.






photo credits: Morrison family and Jesper Cordua