Rachel McNally BSc (Hons) MSc
Rachel decided to study Zoology at the University of Manchester as she’d always loved animals.
As part of her degree she undertook a placement year at Chester Zoo, where she worked on the reptile section and conducted a research project on monitor lizard enrichment techniques. It was during her placement that Rachel developed a keen interest in reptiles and amphibians, so she decided to study golden mantella tadpole development for her final year project.
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 is excited to have joined the team at Inspired Ecology Ltd. and looks forward to further developing her skills and interest in British ecology.