Rebecca A. Senior

Rebecca A. Senior

Assistant Professor in Ecology

Durham University


I am a conservation biologist trying to find pragmatic solutions to the global biodiversity crisis. Nature is something that we should all explore, learn and benefit from – not as a luxury, but as a necessity.

My research is centred around understanding the drivers of biodiversity loss and the ways in which we can mitigate that loss. I have a keen interest in using advances in technology and open data to improve monitoring and inform evidence-based conservation. In particular, I believe that our understanding of climate and land-use change impacts is vastly improved by considering the climate that organims actually experience, the microclimate.

Outside of the office, you’ll usually find me outside! I was made in the Happy Valley (a.k.a. the Calder Valley), which means I love fell running and dock pudding (minus the bacon), and I have a border collie x whippet called Moss.

  • Conservation Biology
  • Global Change Ecology
  • Microclimate Ecology
  • R programming
  • Spatial analysis
  • PhD in Ecology & Conservation, 2018

    University of Sheffield, UK

  • BA in Natural Sciences (Zoology), 2013

    University of Cambridge, UK

Durham University
Assistant Professor
Durham University
January 2022 – Present Durham, UK
Princeton University
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Princeton University
June 2019 – August 2021 Princeton, NJ, USA
University of Florida
Visiting Researcher
University of Florida
January 2019 – March 2019 Gainesville, FL, USA