Dr Rachel Grant

Rachel Grant

Lecturer, Animal and Environmental Biology

Location: Cambridge, OPT028
Telephone: 0845 196 2759
Email: rachel.grant@anglia.ac.uk

Personal profile / teaching experience

I 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 interests

I am interested in interactions between the lithosphere, ionosphere and biosphere, in particular the effects of geophysical and geochemical changes on animal behaviour and ecology. Current research interests include the effects of lunar phases on amphibian reproduction, lithosphere-ionosphere coupling in the earthquake preparation zone and effects on biota, biogeochemistry of the earthquake preparation zone and effects of ULF electromagnetic radiation on protein biochemistry.

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.


Grant, R. A., Raulin, J. P., and Freund, F. T. Camera trap records of animal activity prior to a M=7 earthquake in Northern Peru. Oral presentation at the American Geosciences Union Fall Meeting CA, December 2013.

Grant, R. A. and Conlan, H. (2013). Behavioural response in subterranean and semi-aquatic invertebrates following experimental simulation of pre-seismic changes. EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts 15, 13863.

Grant, R. A. and Conlan, H. (2013). Frog Swarms; earthquake precursors or false alarms? Animals 3(4), pp962-977.

Gunn, J., Hawkins, D., Barnes, R., Mofulu, F., Grant, R. A., and Norton, G. W. (2013). The influence of lunar cycles on crop?raiding elephants; evidence for risk avoidance. African Journal of Ecology.

Grant, R. A., Halliday, T. R., and 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), pp53-62.

Arnfield, H., Grant, R., Monk, C., and 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, W. P., Leuenberger, F. and Freund, F. T. (2011). Ground Water Chemistry Changes before Major Earthquakes and Possible Effects on Animals. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 8, pp1936-1956.

Grant, R. A. and Halliday, T. R. (2011). Cannibalism in Hyla intermedia tadpoles. Herpetological Review 42(1), p86.

Grant, R. A. and Halliday, T. R. (2010). Predicting the unpredictable; evidence for seismic anticipatory behaviour in the common toad. J Zoology 281, pp263?271.

Grant, R.A., Griffiths, H. J., Steinke, D., Wadley, V., and Linse, K. (2011). Antarctic DNA Barcoding; a drop in the ocean? Polar Biology 34(5), p775.

Grant, R. A. and Linse, K. (2009). Barcoding Antarctic Biodiversity; current status and the CAML initiative, a case study of marine invertebrates. Polar Biology 32(11), pp1629-1637.

Grant, R. A.,Chadwick, E. A., and Halliday, T. R. (2009). The lunar cycle: a cue for amphibian reproductive phenology. Animal Behaviour 78(2), pp349-357.

Allcock, L. and Grant, R. A. (2011). Bipolarity in marine invertebrates; myth or marvel. Submitted to PLoS ONE.

Dettai, A. and Grant, R. A. (2011). Barcoding and molecular systematics of the benthic and demersal organisms of CEAMARC. Polar Science 5(2), pp298?312.

Stockley, R. A., Grant, R. A., Llewellyn Jones, C. G., Hill, SA. L., and Burnett, D. H. (1994). Neutrophil formyl peptide receptors: Relationship to peptide induced responses and emphysema. American J. Respiratory Critical Care Medicine 149(2), pp464-468.

Burnett, D. H., Adams, D. H., Martin, T. J. M., Liu, Q., Grant, R. A., Stockley, R., and Lord, J. M. (1994). Inhibition by FK506 of formyl-peptide induced neutrophil activation and associated protein synthesis. Biochemical Pharmacology 48(6), pp1081-1088.

Stockley, R. A., Grant, R. A., Llewellyn Jones, C. G., and Hill, S. L. (1993). Relationship of formyl peptide receptors to neutrophil response and chronic destructive lung disease. American Review of Respiratory Disease 147(4), A668-A668.
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