Rob Robinson

Associate Director, Research

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.

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
Visiting Researcher, Swiss Ornithological Institute
Member, BOU Meetings Committee
Scientific Chair of BOU 2014 Conference and Co-Chair Euring 2017 Analytical Meeting
Member Nominated Trustee, BTO Assured Pension Scheme

Qualifications

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

Recent BTO Publications

Newson, S.E., Boughey, K.L., Robinson, R.A & Gillings, S. 2021. Designing effective survey and sampling protocols for passive acoustic monitoring as part of the national bat monitoring. JNCC Report 688 JNCC Link to publication Cook, A.S.C.P., Burton, N.H.K., Dodd, S.G., Foster, S., Pell, R.J., Ward, R.M., Wright, L.J. & , Robinson, R.A. 2021. Temperature and density influence survival in a rapidly declining migratory shorebird. Biological Conservation View at journal website (DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2021.109198) Clewley, G.D., Franks, S.E., Clark, N.A. & Robinson, R.A. 2021. Pilot study to investigate Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) feeding behaviour to enhance bird food modelling and shellfisheries management on The Wash. Research Report no. 735. BTO Research Report 735 30pp Hanmer, H.J. & Robinson, R.A. 2021. Incidence of road mortality in ringed raptors and owls: a spatial analysis. Research Report no. 733. BTO Research Report 733 ISBN: 978-1-912642-24-3 40pp Morrison, C.A., Butler, S.J., Robinson, R.A., Clark, J.A., Arizaga, J., Aunins, A., Baltà, O., Cepák, J., Chodkiewicz, T., Escandell, V., Foppen, R.P.B., Gregory, R.D., Husby, M., Jiguet, F., Kålås, J.A., Lehikoinen, A., Lindström, Å., Moshøj, C.M., Nagy, K., Nebot, A.L., Piha, M., Reif, J., Sattler, T., Škorpilová, J., Szép, T., Norbert Teufelbauer, N., Thorup, K., van Turnhout, C., Wenninger, T. & Gill, J.A. 2021. Covariation in population trends and demography reveals targets for conservation action. Proceedings of the Royal Society B View at journal website (DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2020.2955) Woodward, I.D., Massimino, D., Hammond, M.J., Barber, L., Barimore, C., Harris, S.J., Leech, D.I., Noble, D.G., Walker, R.H., Baillie, S.R. & Robinson, R.A. 2021. BirdTrends 2020: Trends in numbers, breeding success and survival for UK breeding birds. British Trust for Ornithology, Thetford, Norfolk Link to publication


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