Miss Rachel Steenson


Biological and Environmental Sciences 4B141, Cottrell Building

Miss Rachel Steenson

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I am working towards my PhD at the University of Stirling, funded by NERC IAPETUS2 (see the 'Research' tab for more details); my main interests lie in anthropogenic interactions with - and pressures on - wildlife and their environment, birds in particular.

In 2015, I worked as a Field Assistant on St. Kilda where I carried out timed behavioural studies of Soay ewe-lamb pairs in support of a PhD project over a four-week period. I completed my MSc in 2016, with my research project focused on the interactions between birds, ticks and Borrelia burgdorferi s.l. (the bacterium that causes Lyme disease) in Scotland. Following my MSc, I worked as a Data Analyst at the University of Glasgow, where I was involved in the development of an R Shiny app that acted as a database for researchers within IBAHCM. This role led to a Research Assistant position in the Katie Hampson lab from 2017 to 2019, where I worked on a range of projects that focus on improving detection, monitoring and treatment of Rabies in Tanzania, in addition to providing data processing, visualisation and analysis support to the wider team. I continue to provide coding and data visualisation assistance on an occasional basis alongside my PhD.

In my spare time, I assist with bird monitoring projects at multiple sites in Scotland, and participate in bird ringing demonstrations for outreach and education.

2016, University of Glasgow: MSc Quantitative Methods in Biodiversity, Epidemiology and Conservation.
2013, University of Stirling: BSc (hons) Biology.

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