Dr. Rachael Antwis

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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Contact Details

Peel Building - Room 336

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Current positions

Lecturer in Global Ecology and Conservation


After completing my PhD at the University of Manchester looking at how environmental variables shape the bacterial communities of amphibians, I conducted a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at North-West University in South Africa to look more closely at interactions between bacterial communities of amphibian hosts and the hyper-virulent chytrid fungus. Following that, I took up my current position as a Lecturer in Global Ecology and Conservation at the University of Salford.

Areas of research

Microbial Ecology, Microbiomes, Epidemiology, Plants, Animals


I teach on a number of undergraduate and Masters modules centred around wildlife conservation and field biology. Wherever possible, I use field trips, organisational visits and real-world assessment to complement the students learning, and adopt a student-led approach to content design and delivery. 

Research Interests

My research looks at how to harness the incredible functional power of microbes to solve real-world problems, ranging from wildlife disease to environmental contamination. I use both field and experimental study systems for this research, and work in collaboration with the James Hutton Institute, the Institute of Zoology (Zoological Society of London), Manchester Metropolitan University, North-West University in South Africa, and a number of organisations including Scottish Natural Heritage, City of Trees and The Woodland Trust. 

Qualifications and Memberships


  • B.Sc. (Hons) Zoology, University of Manchester
  • Ph.D. Environmental Biology, University of Manchester
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, University of Salford


  • Co-Secretary of the Microbial Ecology Special Interest Group at the British Ecological Society
  • Scientific Editor for The Herpetological Journal
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Steering Committee for the Amphibian Conservation Research Symposium
  • Member of the British Ecological Society
  • Member of the Society for Applied Microbiology