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Dr Rachel Grant

Dr Rachel Grant

grantr11@lsbu.ac.uk

Human Sciences

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I'm a senior lecturer and course director in BioScience. I joined LSBU in 2020 having previously worked in Oxford, Cambridge, Anglia Ruskin and Northampton Universities.

My teaching interests cover all aspects of biology including evolution, disease, nutrition, zoology, ecology, animal behaviour animal welfare, animal rights, and wildlife conservation. I also enjoy teaching statistics and research methods. Current modules include Disease & Immunity, Research Methods and Level 6 Project.

I am passionate about gender equality and diversity and inclusion. Co-chair of the gender equality network. Course representative for ethics.

My research interests are in behavioural and evolutionary ecology. In particular, I study amphibians, reptiles and birds. Research interests include the effects of geophysical variables on animal ecology, which has applications for conservation and hazard risk forecasting. A further interest the behaviour and welfare of psittacine birds. A more minor interest is human behavioural ecology, in particular the evolutionary mechanisms which led to patriarchy, and deimatic display in humans.

Skills and Expertise

Behavioural Ecology

Ecology and Evolution

Evolution

Conservation Biology

Animal Ecology

Wildlife Ecology

Wildlife Conservation

Zoology

Biodiversity

Conservation

I am active in engaging with the media and have been involved with a number of documentary films including "Tsunami" (channel 5), the discovery channel, and NASA unexplained files, as well as many news and radio interviews about my research.

Courses taught

BSc (Hons) Bioscience 2022/23

PhD

Open University

2003
2010
PG Dip Animal Behaviour

Southampton University

2000
2003
BSc (Hons) Biology

Manchester University

1986
1990
PG cert LTHE

Anglia Ruskin University

2012
2012
FHEA

HEA

2012
2012

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Getting It Straight: Accommodating Rectilinear Behavior in Captive Snakes-A Review of Recommendations and Their Evidence Base.
Warwick, C., Grant, R., Steedman, C., Howell, T., Arena, P.C., Lambiris, A.J.L., Nash, A-E., Jessop, M., Pilny, A., Amarello, M., Gorzula, S., Spain, M., Walton, A., Nicholas, E., Mancera, K., Whitehead, M., MartĂ­nez-Silvestre, A., Cadenas, V., Whittaker, A. and Wilson, A. (2021). Getting It Straight: Accommodating Rectilinear Behavior in Captive Snakes-A Review of Recommendations and Their Evidence Base. Animals. 11 (5). https://doi.org/ani11051459

Lunar phase as a cue for migrations to two species of explosive breeding amphibians—implications for conservation
Grant, R., Jarvis, L and Sengupta, A (2021). Lunar phase as a cue for migrations to two species of explosive breeding amphibians—implications for conservation. European Journal of Wildlife Research . 67 (11). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10344-020-01453-3