Professional summary

Rob is an Ecological Modeller at the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, applying a range of models to answer pressing biodiversity research questions. Rob's research primarily focuses on understanding how and why biodiversity is changing (the biodiversity crisis). He works across a wide range of taxa, spatial scales, and time periods - although most of his research falls under the disciplines of ecology, conservation, and biogeography.

Rob previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Göteborgs Universitet (University of Gothenburg) from 2019-2020 estimating the global extinction of birds through time. He has also held posts as IUCN/SSC Antelope Specialist Group Project Officer at Marwell Wildlife (2014-2019) and as a Research Technician in Transient Demography at the University of Southampton (2014-2015).

He obtained his PhD from the University of Southampton in 2019 on the functional diversity of the world's mammals and birds, building on his MRes in Wildlife Conservation and BSc in Environmental Science.

Selected publications
Other Publications

Ralimanana, H., Perrigo, A.L., Smith, R.J., Borrell, J.S., Faurby, S., Rajaonah, M.T., Randriamboavonjy, T., Vorontsova, M.S., Cooke, R.S., ... and Antonelli, A. 2022. Madagascar’s extraordinary biodiversity: Threats and opportunities. Science378(6623), p.eadf1466.

Antonelli, A., Smith, R.J., Perrigo, A.L., Crottini, A., Hackel, J., Testo, W., Farooq, H., Torres Jiménez, M.F., Andela, N., Andermann, T., ... and Ralimanana, H. 2022. Madagascar’s extraordinary biodiversity: Evolution, distribution, and use. Science378(6623), p.eabf0869.