Dr Renata Medeiros-Mirra
BSc, MSc, PhD, FHEA
Lecturer in Statistics
Lecturer in Medical Statistics in the Cardiff School of Dentistry since November 2017.
I am a Biologist by background. Through the years, I developed a strong interest in Statistics, initially in the context of my research interests in seabird ecology and later as a teacher. I have lectured Statistics (with much pleasure) since 2013, first in the Cardiff School of Biosciences and, since November 2017, in the Cardiff School of Dentistry.
I am originally from Portugal and moved to Cardiff in 2006 to do a PhD at Cardiff University on the feeding behaviour of migrating European storm petrels Hydrobates pelagicus in the light of climate change. During this period, I was already involved in supporting the undergraduates statistics teaching in the School of Biosciences.
Before moving to the UK, I worked as Scientific Officer at A ROCHA Portugal, a Christian environmental organisation in the South of Portugal.
While working at A ROCHA, I also did an MSc degree, at Coimbra University, on the ecology and conservation of Little Terns Sternula albifrons.
I did a five-year Biology degree at Coimbra University, where my main interests were evolution and animal behaviour. For my final year project, I spent one year on a small islet off Graciosa Island on the Azores archipelago, studying storm petrels, where read my first Statistics book: “Statistics for Ornithologists” by J. Fowler and L. Cohen.
2017 – present: Lecturer in Statistics, School of Dentistry, Cardiff University
2013 – 2017: Lecturer in Statistics, School of Biosciences, Cardiff University
2011 – 2012: Independent Researcher, British Antarctic Survey
2006 – 2010: PhD, Cardiff University
2002 – 2005: Scientific Officer, A ROCHA Portugal
2001 – 2003: MSc in Ecology, University of Coimbra
2000 – 2001: Professional Year, University of the Azores
1996 – 2000: Undergraduate degree in Biology, University of Coimbra
I teach medical statistics to undergraduates dentists (BDS) and post-graduates in orthodontic dentistry (Orthodontics MScD). I am also involved in statistics support to staff and post-graduates across the College of Biomedical and Life Sciences.
I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I thoroughly enjoy teaching and I am a great admirer of educators such as John Dewey, Paulo Freire and Bell Hooks. I was greatly honoured to be nominated for two Enriching Student Life Awards in 2016 (Most Effective Teacher and Most Uplifting Staff Member).
I am part of the Applied Clinical Research and Public Health (ACR&PH) Research Theme and I am currently identifying areas of research that I can support or develop within the theme.
Emerging pedagogic research interests focus on student experience and wellbeing, particularly in relation to assessment and performance. I am also particularly interested in investigating effective ways of teaching quantitative skills in the biological and medical sciences.
Co-Supervisor for Kristian Davies (MSc) - The effect of maternal alcohol consuption and smoking on lip shape (started 2017)
Co-Supervisor for Alex McCubbin (PhD, Cardiff School of Biosciences) - Mate choice and MHC variability in storm petrels (started 2016)
Co-Supervisor for Zoe Deakin (PhD, Cardiff School of Biosciences) - The importance of being small: understanding the movements and foraging requirements of the smallest Atlantic seabird as a bio-indicator for marine conservation (started 2017)
Co-Supervisor for Annalea Beard (PhD, Cardiff School of Biosciences) - The foraging and breeding ecology of cavity nesting seabirds on St. Helena (started 2018)
Co-Supervisor for Hannah Hereward (PhD, Cardiff School of Biosciences) - Climatic and trophic drivers of population change in one of the world’s rarest seabirds (started 2018)
Main supervisor for Nills Bouillard (MRes, Imperial College London) - First insights into the migration patterns of the European Storm Petrel (Hydrobates pelagicus)