Rob Robinson

Rob Robinson

Job Description

Associate Director, Research

Role

Rob is a member of the senior management team of the British Trust for Ornithology and provide strategic leadership and co-ordination of research across BTO as a whole. Rob has a particular responsibility for the Population Ecology and Modelling and Wetland and Marine Research teams but works closely with Andy Musgrove to ensure the demographic and census monitoring schemes enhance BTO's scientific research.

Qualifications

BSc (Hons) Zoology, Edinburgh University, 1989-1993. PhD Ecology and conservation of farmland birds, University of East Anglia, 1993-1997.

Interests & Responsibilities

Changes in bird populations and distributions are determined by demography, particularly the combination of survival and productivity. Rob's main interest lies in understanding how these processes operate, within an applied context, how the sum of individuals creates them and how they vary at different scales. Much of his recent work at BTO has focussed on combining data from the Ringing and Nest Record Schemes with data on population changes to understand the reasons for population declines. and census schemes to understand the reasons for population declines. This work involves applying novel statistical methods to make better use of  national data and contributes to BirdTrends, the annual assessment of Britain's bird populations. Rob started research with a particular focus on farmland birds, how they use their food supply and how changes in agriculture have, and will, afect them; effects of demographic parameters vary spatially, both geographically and with environmental variables such as habitat; Rob also has an interest in the role that diseases play in bird populations.

Other Information

Honorary Reader, University of East Anglia
Subject Editor for Oikos and Ibis
Member, BOU Meetings Committee
Scientific Chair of BOU 2014 Conference and Co-Chair Euring 2017 Analytical Meeting
Member Nominated Trustee, BTO Assured Pension Scheme

Recent BTO Publications

O'Brien, S.H., Cook, A.S.C.P. & Robinson, R.A. 2017. Implicit assumptions underlying simple harvest models of marine bird populations can mislead environmental management decisions. Journal of Environmental Management 201 : 163-171 Link to publication View at journal website (DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2017.06.037) 9pp PDF icon Download Report (781.74 KB)
Cook, A.S.C.P. & Robinson, R.A. 2017. Towards a framework for quantifying the population-level consequences of anthropogenic pressures on the environment: The case of seabirds and windfarms. Journal of Environmental Management 190 : 113-121 View at journal website (DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2016.12.025)
Horswill, C., O'Brien, S. & Robinson, R.A. 2016. Density-dependence and marine bird populations: Are wind farm assessments precautionary?. Journal of Applied Ecology View at journal website (DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12841)
Morrison, C.A., Robinson, R.A., Butler, S.J., Clark, J.A. & Gill, J.A. 2016. Demographic drivers of decline and recovery in an Afro-Palaearctic migratory bird population. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 283 (part 1 842) Link to publication View at journal website (DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2016.1387)
Miller, M. W., Leech, D. I., Pearce-Higgins, J. W. & Robinson, R. A. 2016. Multi-state multi-stage modeling of nest-success suggests interaction between weather and land-use. Ecology 98 : 175-186 Link to publication View at journal website (DOI: 10.1002/ecy.1629)
Morrison, C.A., Robinson, R.A, Clark, J.A. & Gill, J.A. 2016. Causes and consequences of spatial variation in sex ratios in declining bird species. Journal of Animal Ecology 85 : 1 298-1 306 Link to publication View at journal website (DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12556)