Dr Rebecca Mancy

  • Research Fellow (MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit)
  • Senior Lecturer (Culture, Literacies, Inclusion & Pedagogy)
  • Associate (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health & Comparative Medicine)
  • Associate (School of Life Sciences)

Biography

I am currently working as a computational ecologist in the role of Research Fellow with Katie Hampson. Prior to this I completed a PhD in Computing Science, focused on using simulation modelling approaches to understand the properties of stochastic versions of classical metapopulation models used in ecology.

Prior to starting my current position, I worked as a Senior Lecturer in Education, where I focused on science education and communication, and am currently on secondment from this post. I also have a first degree in mathematics from the University of Warwick, have worked as a professional software developer in Switzerland, and completed a first PhD in Education.


Research interests

My main research focus is on applied ecological theory, working across the spectrum from theoretical projects with an ecological motivation to those with direct policy applications. Methodologically, I take a process-based modelling approach, employing computational techniques in combination with conceptual and mathematical work.

In my current position as Research Fellow, I am working with Katie Hampson on canine rabies modelling in Tanzania, the Indonesian island of Bali, and a range of countries in South America. I am currently working on a spatially-explicit simulation model of canine rabies which we will fit to data using approximate bayesian computation. One of our main interests in doing so is to distinguish between potential explanations of how this disease, characterised by relatively long and highly heterogenous incubation periods and a short infectious period, successfully persists at low prevalence. This knowledge should help us to guide criteria for rabies elimination programmes.


Publications

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Number of items: 18.

2019

Spatharis, S. , Lamprinou, V., Meziti, A., Kormas, K. A., Danielidis, D. D., Smeti, E., Roelke, D. L., Mancy, R. and Tsirtsis, G. (2019) Everything is not everywhere: can marine compartments shape phytoplankton assemblages? Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B: Biological Sciences, 286(1914), 20191890. (doi:10.1098/rspb.2019.1890) (PMID:31662088)

WHO Rabies Modelling Consortium, et al. (2019) The potential effect of improved provision of rabies post-exposure prophylaxis in Gavi-eligible countries: a modelling study. Lancet Infectious Diseases, 19(1), pp. 102-111. (doi:10.1016/S1473-3099(18)30512-7) (PMID:30472178) (PMCID:PMC6300480)

2018

Sakavara, A., Tsirtsis, G., Roelke, D. L., Mancy, R. and Spatharis, S. (2018) Lumpy species coexistence arises robustly in fluctuating resource environments. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 115(4), pp. 738-743. (doi:10.1073/pnas.1705944115) (PMID:29263095)

Smith, J. M. and Mancy, R. (2018) Exploring the relationship between metacognitive and collaborative talk during group mathematical problem solving – what do we mean by collaborative metacognition? Research in Mathematics Education, 20(1), pp. 14-36. (doi:10.1080/14794802.2017.1410215)

2017

Mancy, R., Brock, P. M. and Kao, R. R. (2017) An integrated framework for process-driven model construction in disease ecology and animal health. Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 4, 155. (doi:10.3389/fvets.2017.00155) (PMID:29021983) (PMCID:PMC5623672)

Mpolya, E. A. et al. (2017) Towards elimination of dog-mediated human rabies: experiences from implementing a large-scale demonstration project in Southern Tanzania. Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 4, 21. (doi:10.3389/fvets.2017.00021) (PMID:28321400) (PMCID:PMC5337520)

2016

Mtema, Z. et al. (2016) Mobile phones as surveillance tools: implementing and evaluating a large-scale intersectoral surveillance system for rabies in Tanzania. PLoS Medicine, 13(4), e1002002. (doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1002002) (PMID:27070315) (PMCID:PMC4829224)

Yasri, P. and Mancy, R. (2016) Student positions on the relationship between evolution and creation: what kinds of changes occur and for what reasons? Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 53(3), pp. 384-399. (doi:10.1002/tea.21302)

2014

Viana, M. , Mancy, R., Biek, R. , Cleaveland, S. , Cross, P. C., Lloyd-Smith, J. O. and Haydon, D. T. (2014) Assembling evidence for identifying reservoirs of infection. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 29(5), pp. 270-279. (doi:10.1016/j.tree.2014.03.002) (PMID:24726345) (PMCID:PMC4007595)

Yasri, P. and Mancy, R. (2014) Understanding student approaches to learning evolution in the context of their perceptions of the relationship between science and religion. International Journal of Science Education, 36(1), pp. 24-45. (doi:10.1080/09500693.2012.715315)

2013

Yasri, P., Arthur, S., Smith, M. U. and Mancy, R. (2013) Relating science and religion: an ontology of taxonomies and development of a research tool for identifying individual views. Science and Education, 22(10), pp. 2679-2707. (doi:10.1007/s11191-013-9623-4)

Mancy, R. , Prosser, P. and Rogers, S. (2013) Discrete and continuous time simulations of spatial ecological processes predict different final population sizes and interspecific competition outcomes. Ecological Modelling, 259, pp. 50-61. (doi:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2013.03.013)

Yasri, P. and Mancy, R. (2013) The role of worldviews in student understandings of biological evolution. In: European Conference on Education 2013, Brighton, UK, 11-14 Jul 2013,

2011

Koletsou, A. and Mancy, R. (2011) Which efficacy constructs for large-scale social dilemma problems? Individual and collective forms of efficacy and outcome expectancies in the context of climate change mitigation. Risk Management, 13(4), pp. 184-208. (doi:10.1057/rm.2011.12)

Lowden, K. , Hall, S. , Lally, V. and Mancy, R. (2011) SSERC's Support for Science Education in Scotland through CPD: External Evaluation Final Report. Project Report. Scottish Schools Education Research Council, Dunfermline, UK.

2010

Yasri, P. and Mancy, R. (2010) Perceptions of the relationship between evolutionary theory and biblical explanations of the origins of life and their effects on the learning of evolution among high school students. In: International Conference of the Learning Sciences, Chicago, IL, USA, 29 Jun - 2 Jul 2010,

2009

Hall, S. , Lowden, K. , Lally, V. and Mancy, R. (2009) Support for science education in Scotland through CPD. Project Report. SCRE Centre.

Savage, L. and Mancy, R. (2009) Which interests are at the heart of sex and relationships education in Scotland? In: Cervantes-Carson, A. and Oria, B. (eds.) Intimate Explorations: Reading Across Disciplines. Interdisciplinary Press: Oxford, UK, pp. 121-134. ISBN 9781904710479

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Number of items: 18.

Articles

Spatharis, S. , Lamprinou, V., Meziti, A., Kormas, K. A., Danielidis, D. D., Smeti, E., Roelke, D. L., Mancy, R. and Tsirtsis, G. (2019) Everything is not everywhere: can marine compartments shape phytoplankton assemblages? Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B: Biological Sciences, 286(1914), 20191890. (doi:10.1098/rspb.2019.1890) (PMID:31662088)

WHO Rabies Modelling Consortium, et al. (2019) The potential effect of improved provision of rabies post-exposure prophylaxis in Gavi-eligible countries: a modelling study. Lancet Infectious Diseases, 19(1), pp. 102-111. (doi:10.1016/S1473-3099(18)30512-7) (PMID:30472178) (PMCID:PMC6300480)

Sakavara, A., Tsirtsis, G., Roelke, D. L., Mancy, R. and Spatharis, S. (2018) Lumpy species coexistence arises robustly in fluctuating resource environments. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 115(4), pp. 738-743. (doi:10.1073/pnas.1705944115) (PMID:29263095)

Smith, J. M. and Mancy, R. (2018) Exploring the relationship between metacognitive and collaborative talk during group mathematical problem solving – what do we mean by collaborative metacognition? Research in Mathematics Education, 20(1), pp. 14-36. (doi:10.1080/14794802.2017.1410215)

Mancy, R., Brock, P. M. and Kao, R. R. (2017) An integrated framework for process-driven model construction in disease ecology and animal health. Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 4, 155. (doi:10.3389/fvets.2017.00155) (PMID:29021983) (PMCID:PMC5623672)

Mpolya, E. A. et al. (2017) Towards elimination of dog-mediated human rabies: experiences from implementing a large-scale demonstration project in Southern Tanzania. Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 4, 21. (doi:10.3389/fvets.2017.00021) (PMID:28321400) (PMCID:PMC5337520)

Mtema, Z. et al. (2016) Mobile phones as surveillance tools: implementing and evaluating a large-scale intersectoral surveillance system for rabies in Tanzania. PLoS Medicine, 13(4), e1002002. (doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1002002) (PMID:27070315) (PMCID:PMC4829224)

Yasri, P. and Mancy, R. (2016) Student positions on the relationship between evolution and creation: what kinds of changes occur and for what reasons? Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 53(3), pp. 384-399. (doi:10.1002/tea.21302)

Viana, M. , Mancy, R., Biek, R. , Cleaveland, S. , Cross, P. C., Lloyd-Smith, J. O. and Haydon, D. T. (2014) Assembling evidence for identifying reservoirs of infection. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 29(5), pp. 270-279. (doi:10.1016/j.tree.2014.03.002) (PMID:24726345) (PMCID:PMC4007595)

Yasri, P. and Mancy, R. (2014) Understanding student approaches to learning evolution in the context of their perceptions of the relationship between science and religion. International Journal of Science Education, 36(1), pp. 24-45. (doi:10.1080/09500693.2012.715315)

Yasri, P., Arthur, S., Smith, M. U. and Mancy, R. (2013) Relating science and religion: an ontology of taxonomies and development of a research tool for identifying individual views. Science and Education, 22(10), pp. 2679-2707. (doi:10.1007/s11191-013-9623-4)

Mancy, R. , Prosser, P. and Rogers, S. (2013) Discrete and continuous time simulations of spatial ecological processes predict different final population sizes and interspecific competition outcomes. Ecological Modelling, 259, pp. 50-61. (doi:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2013.03.013)

Koletsou, A. and Mancy, R. (2011) Which efficacy constructs for large-scale social dilemma problems? Individual and collective forms of efficacy and outcome expectancies in the context of climate change mitigation. Risk Management, 13(4), pp. 184-208. (doi:10.1057/rm.2011.12)

Book Sections

Savage, L. and Mancy, R. (2009) Which interests are at the heart of sex and relationships education in Scotland? In: Cervantes-Carson, A. and Oria, B. (eds.) Intimate Explorations: Reading Across Disciplines. Interdisciplinary Press: Oxford, UK, pp. 121-134. ISBN 9781904710479

Research Reports or Papers

Lowden, K. , Hall, S. , Lally, V. and Mancy, R. (2011) SSERC's Support for Science Education in Scotland through CPD: External Evaluation Final Report. Project Report. Scottish Schools Education Research Council, Dunfermline, UK.

Hall, S. , Lowden, K. , Lally, V. and Mancy, R. (2009) Support for science education in Scotland through CPD. Project Report. SCRE Centre.

Conference Proceedings

Yasri, P. and Mancy, R. (2013) The role of worldviews in student understandings of biological evolution. In: European Conference on Education 2013, Brighton, UK, 11-14 Jul 2013,

Yasri, P. and Mancy, R. (2010) Perceptions of the relationship between evolutionary theory and biblical explanations of the origins of life and their effects on the learning of evolution among high school students. In: International Conference of the Learning Sciences, Chicago, IL, USA, 29 Jun - 2 Jul 2010,

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Grants

  • EPSRC funding for a second PhD in Computing Science. Value of around £50,000, starting 1 October 2010 for 3.5 years.
  • Support for Science Education: Evaluation of CPD (Co-Investigator): Funded by Scottish Schools Equipment Research Centre to the value of £44'596 (January 2009 for 26 months).
  • EmergeNET (Co-Investigator): Network grant funded by EPSRC.  The EmergeNET runs six-monthly meetings with aim of generating new understandings and projects concerned with emergence and complexity. Award to the value of £166'000, starting 2008 for 4 years.
  • Pump Priming Grant: Travel to Singapore to work with Dr Manu Kapur of the Learning Sciences Institute, and to complete the NECSI Complex Systems summer school.  Autumn 2006.
  • ExploreCSEd (Co-Investigator): Development Fund grant from the Higher Education Academy, Information and Computer Sciences.  Autumn 2004, £3000.
  • PhD Studentship: Awarded by the Faculty of Education, University of Glasgow.  October 2003 - October 2005. PhD studentship

Supervision

Current PhD students

  • Bilal Usmani - Investigation disease persistence in host vector systems: dengue as a case study (co-supervised with Dan Haydon since 23/09/2010)
  • Kristen Layne - Climate change communication in religious communities (co-supervised with Stuart Hanscomb since 01/10/2014, funded by the College of Social Sciences)
  • Jaime Earnest - Methods matter: computational modelling in public health policy and planning (co-supervised with Dan Haydon and Kate Reid since 23/09/2010, Kelvin-Smith studentship)
  • Renato Margiotta - Evolution education and global citizenship (co-supervised with Cathy Fagan since 19/09/2011, funded by home institution)
  • Apiwit Rojvanich - Mathematics education (co-supervised with Gijsbert Stoet)

 

Former PhD students


Teaching

My current role does not involve much teaching, but have delivered sessions on statistics to undergraduate students in various areas of biology.

In my role as Senior Lecturer in Education, I have taught on the courses listed below.

Postgraduate courses

  • Science, Education and Society (Course Leader) - 2007 - 2010
  • Making Science Accessible (Course Leader / Tutor) - 2007 - 2010
  • Science Education and Communication Portfolio/Dissertation (Course Leader) - 2007 - 2010
  • Evaluating Learning and Teaching (PGDE course for intial teacher trainees) - 2008-2009
  • Seminar in Contemporary Issues (Compulsory course for MSc students) - 2008 - 2015

Undergraduate courses

  • Leadership in Learning - Third year undergraduate course for future primary school teachers centring on psychology and learning theory (Course Tutor) - 2006-2010
  • Learning how to Learn - First year undergraduate course to introduce students to university teaching and learning practices - 2009-2010
  • Fundamentals of Education - First year undergraduate course for students who are not majoring in education-related degrees, but who have an interest in the area - 2008-2010