Rachel Calder

Rachel Calder

Rachel Calder will soon be embarking on a PhD studying mycorrhizal fungi in woodland, but is also an inveterate dabbler with a wide enthusiasm for all things Science. Having started out studying history herself, she’s also a big advocate for transcending the arts/sciences divide.


Green plant is sprouting out of dark soil

How Do Soil Microbial Communities Recover from Wildfires?

Scientists examine how soil microbial communities resume ecosystem functioning after a wildfire, with a focus on the effects of dispersal ...
Bee Phenology: How Are Bees Feeling the Heat?

Bee Phenology: How Are Bees Feeling the Heat?

Rising temperatures in recent years have been linked to observed shifts in bee phenology. These changes may impact pollination ...
A wheat field in the Mpika District, Muchinga Province, Zambia, showing symptoms of wheat blast during the outbreak of March 2018. Credit: Batiseba Tembo, Zambia Agriculture Research Institute; license CC by 4.0

Genomics Takes On Crop Disease

Genomics opens the way for scientists to track where and which plants are affected most by rapidly spreading pathogens ...
A stream filling a glass of water. Water quality may be headed for a rise as scientists work to develop new technology that uses bacteria to detect harmful heavy metals in water.

Water Quality Monitoring by Bacterial Biosensors

Water quality may be headed for a rise as scientists work to develop new technology that uses bacteria to detect harmful heavy metals in water ...