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Robert Pickles serves as Panthera's Monitoring Specialist. An important component of Panthera's Tigers Forever Protocol is measuring our success: monitoring changes in tiger populations, the threats facing them, and the security response. Tiger monitoring is heavily based on camera trapping, using scientifically robust methods to estimate density, recording population turn-over, reproduction and territorial stability year after year. Rob supports field teams across Tiger Range with designing and running their camera trap surveys and subsequent data analysis. Rob also assists site partners in developing their capacity to evaluate the vulnerability of tigers, and the effectiveness of anti-poaching teams in meeting that threat.
Rob studied zoology at the University of Bristol before gaining his PhD from the University of Kent and the Zoological Society of London in 2010, investigating the population genetics of the giant otter in Amazonia. He has conducted ecological research throughout South America, Namibia and Mongolia. Rob is currently based in Ontario where he is a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Trent.