As lead wildlife scientist, Robin investigates the ecological and economic issues that impact wildlife conservation. His work, from mapping ecosystem services to monitoring animal migrations, places nature at the center of sustainable development and supports a future where species and people coexist.
Robin’s current research is largely focused on understanding how wildlife contributes to Namibia’s Community-Based Natural Resources Management program. In partnership with this highly successful program, Robin conducts research on whether and how healthy wildlife populations support the economic growth of local communities. This involves collaborations with the Namibian government and other partners on wildlife research and conservation, as well as on the economics of community-based conservation. In 2013, Robin led a team of researchers that discovered what is now thought to be Africa’s longest land mammal migration. Their groundbreaking study used satellite collars to document a migration of Burchell’s Zebra across Namibia and Botswana, highlighting the importance of transboundary conservation in this region.
Robin has conducted field work on various aspects of biodiversity conservation in North America, Asia and Africa, as well as in South America, where he was the director of research for a non-governmental organization in Paraguay. Following a Master’s degree focused on forest ecology, Robin pursued an interdisciplinary PhD in conservation biology and environmental economics where his field work integrated both ecological and economic angles in Uganda. He then completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Paraguay, focusing on mapping the opportunity costs of conservation due to deforestation in the highly threatened Atlantic Forest ecoregion. His work is published widely in a variety of academic journals, including those devoted to conservation, ecology, economics and interdisciplinary issues.