Rachel McNally BSc (Hons) MSc
Rachel has an MSc in Biodiversity and Conservation and has over three years’ experience working in ecological consultancy. She currently holds a Natural England Class 1 licence to survey great crested newts and is working towards a Class Licence to survey bats.
As a lifelong animal lover, Rachel studied for her BSc (Hons) in Zoology at the University of Manchester. During her degree she undertook a placement year at Chester Zoo, where she worked on the reptile section and conducted a research project on enrichment techniques for monitor lizards. Recently, Rachel’s placement project was written up for publication in the Journal of Zoological and Botanical Gardens.
After finishing her undergraduate degree, Rachel worked as an Assistant Ecologist with Scarborough Nixon Associates Ltd. for the summer season, in order to gain experience to support a postgraduate degree application. During the summer, Rachel mainly assisted with a great crested newt mitigation project. She further developed her knowledge and interest in this species whilst studying for her MSc in Biodiversity and Conservation at the University of Leeds. Here she partnered with Froglife to study the effects of predator chemical cues on the growth of great crested newt larvae.
Rachel returned to Scarborough Nixon Associates when she finished her MSc and stayed with the company during the transition to Inspired Ecology. Having worked with us for several years, Rachel has been able to develop her skills and experience in the role and is a valued member of the team.