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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
Ecology and Evolution
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.
BSc (Hons) Bioscience 2022/23
Anglia Ruskin University
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., Martínez-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