Dr Rachel Grant, PhD
Lecturer, Animal and Environmental BiologyLocation: Cambridge, OPT028
Telephone: 0845 196 2759
Personal Profile / Teaching ExperienceI hold degrees from Manchester University, Southampton University and the Open University. I also hold a postgraduate certificate in learning and teaching in higher education from Anglia Ruskin University. I have previously worked at Oxford University Department of Zoology and the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge. I currently lead the following modules: Concepts in animal behaviour and Applied ethology and animal welfare. I also teach on the master's module Technology and techniques in animal behaviour.
Research InterestsMy primary research interest is animal behaviour, in particular the interdisciplinary areas of geophysics / geochemistry and interaction with behaviour and ecology. I study the effects of lunar phases, seismic activity, water chemistry changes and geomagnetism on behaviour. My specialist area is the ecology and behaviour of amphibians. My second research interest is clinical animal behaviour relating to captive psittacine birds and improvement of their welfare. I am currently working on environmental naturalisation tools for captive psittacine birds in order to improve welfare and clinical outcomes.
Some of the media coverage of my work:
Member of the American Geoscience Union, the British Herpetological Society and the Societas Europaeas Herpetologica.
Consultancy and other Professional Activity
- Consultant, Unusual animal behaviour prior to large earthquakes.
- Consultant, behaviour "problems" in captive parrots and other caged birds.
PublicationsGunn, J, Hawkins, D Barnes, R, Mofulu, F, Grant, RA, Norton, GW The influence of lunar cycles on crop?raiding elephants; evidence for risk avoidance. African Journal of Ecology (2013).
Grant, R.A., Halliday, T.R & Chadwick, E.A. (2012). Amphibians' response to the lunar synodic cycle; a review of current knowledge, recommendations and implications for conservation. Behavioral Ecology 24 (1): 53-62.
Arnfield, H., Grant, R., Monk, C., & Uller, T. (2012). Factors influencing the timing of spring migration in common toads (Bufo bufo). Journal of Zoology
Grant, R.A, Halliday, T., Newcomer, M. Balderer, WP., Leuenberger, F and Freund, FT (2011) Ground Water Chemistry Changes before Major Earthquakes and Possible Effects on Animals. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 8: 1936-1956
Grant, R.A & Halliday, T. R (2011) Cannibalism in Hyla intermedia tadpoles. Herpetological Review 42(1) p. 86
Grant R.A. and Halliday T.R. (2010) Predicting the unpredictable; evidence for seismic anticipatory behaviour in the common toad. J Zoology 281:263?271
Grant, R.A., Griffiths, H.J., Steinke, D., Wadley, V & Linse, K. (2011) Antarctic DNA Barcoding; a drop in the ocean? Polar Biology 34(5): 775.
Grant, R.A. & Linse, K (2009) Barcoding Antarctic Biodiversity; current status and the CAML initiative, a case study of marine invertebrates. Polar Biology 32(11): 1629-1637
Grant, R.A.,Chadwick, E.A. & Halliday, T.R (2009) The lunar cycle: a cue for amphibian reproductive phenology. Animal Behaviour 78(2) 349-357.
Allcock. L., R.A. Grant. (2011) Bipolarity in marine invertebrates; myth or marvel. Submitted to PLoS ONE
Dettai, A,. R.A.Grant. 2011 Barcoding and molecular systematics of the benthic and demersal organisms of CEAMARC. Polar Science 5(2)Pages 298?312
R.A.Stockley, R.A.Grant, C.G.Llewellyn Jones, S.L.Hill & Burnett, DH (1994) Neutrophil formyl peptide receptors: Relationship to peptide induced responses and emphysema. American J. Respiratory Critical Care Medicine 149(2) 464-468
Burnett, DH Adams, DH, Martin, TJM, Liu, Q, Grant, R.A., Stockley, RA and Lord, JM (1994) Inhibition by FK506 of formyl-peptide induced neutrophil activation and associated protein synthesis. Biochemical Pharmacology 48(6) 1081-1088
Stockley, RA, Grant, RA, Llewellyn Jones, CG & Hill, SL (1993) Relationship of formyl peptide receptors to neutrophil response and chronic destructive lung disease. American Review of Respiratory Disease 147(4) A668-A668