Dr Anna Riach


Following a Zoology MSci from University of Glasgow I worked in wildlife charities including the RSPB carrying out various wildlife surveys and nature education programmes. During my ecology PhD at the University of York I used metabolomic methods to explore plant-insect interations using small white butterflies and cabbages as a model system.

After my PhD I taught various zoology and conservation related subjects at degree level at Askham Bryan College as well as statistics and research methods where I became interested in the pedagogy of teaching statistics to non -specialists. I continued teaching and supporting students as well as staff from across diciplines to apply statistics in their research using R, SPSS, STATA and other software at the Universtiy of York. 

Research interests

My most recent reserach has explored ways to break down the barrier of statistics anxiety for easier statistics learning. 

Other reserach I have been involved in has encompased education in zoological collections, animal behaviour and metabolomics.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://biologicalsciences.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • MSci Zoology
  • PhD Biology

Professional memberships

  • SIGMA network
  • Royal Entomological Society
  • British Ecological Society