Rachel Allen

        Rachel Allen wearing white lab coat working on a microscope

Algal Bio-Resources Support Scientist

A former freshwater ecologist with a background in Quality Management Systems, I have a BSc from the University of Aberdeen and an MSc from Bournemouth University.

I joined SAMS in 2017, and my primary role involves the maintenance of a section of strains of green algae, brown seaweed and protozoa in the Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa.

Contact details:
  • rachel.allen@sams.ac.uk
  • +44 (0)1631 559 447

  • Linkedin

My role

My main role is to maintain a section of CCAP strains, including groups of green algae, brown seaweeds and protozoa. I am responsible for cleaning contaminated cultures, reviewing their taxonomic status and completing the photographic collection for all the strains.


Fieldwork experience

Macro-invertebrate sampling using a kick-sampling method

Fisheries surveys using seine netting and baited drop-down cameras

Electric fishing surveys

Extended phase 1 habitat surveys

Phase 2 reptile surveying and translocations

Phase 2 bat surveys

Phase 2 dormouse surveys

Great crested newt HSI assessments

Great crested newt phase 2 surveys


Training courses 

IFM: Scale Reading Workshop

CIEEM: Crayfish in Britain – Natives and Invasive Non-Natives

CIEEM: Freshwater Fish Monitoring

Ahern Ecology: Electric Fishing Theory and Practical

Quality Management Systems trained internal auditor

NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Equality and Diversity



Jackson, M.C., Allen, R., Pegg, J., Britton, J.R. (2013). Do trophic subsidies affect the outcome of introductions of a non-native freshwater fish? Freshwater Biology 58(10): 2144-2153

Employment history

Since 2017 Algal Bio-Resources Support Scientist. SAMS

2014-15 Research Assistant. Bournemouth University

2013 Freelance Lab Assistant. Seastar Survey, Southampton

2012-13 Project Assistant. ECOSA Ecological Consultancy, Winchester

2012 Placement Student. ECOSA Ecological Consultancy, Winchester

2012 Trainee / Volunteer Ecologist. ECOSA Ecological Consultancy, Winchester

2012 Quality Coordinator. Nuffield Health HSSU. Eastleigh, Southampton

2009-10 Quality Administrator. Nuffield Health HSSU. Eastleigh, Southampton



2012 MSc Biodiversity Conservation. Bournemouth University

2003 BSc Marine Resource Management. University of Aberdeen