Dr Robert Holland BSc, MRes, PhD
Research Fellow: Mapping Ecosystem Services
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As an ecologist and conservation scientist, Dr Robert Holland is interested in understanding how the planet's resources can be used sustainably. His current work focuses on the relationship between human demand for energy and the implications that this has for natural capital and ecosystem services.
2012-2014: Research Fellow. University of Southampton, UK.
2010-2012: IUCN Freshwater Biodiversity Unit Programme Officer. Cambridge, UK.
2009-2010: UK Popnet - "Linking biodiversity and ecosystem services: processes, priorities and prospects". University of Sheffield, UK.
2003-2006: Freshwater Biological Association. Windermere, UK.
2001-2003: Regional Officer. British Science Association, UK.
2006-2010: PhD Temporal variation in lotic macroinvertebrate communities in England and Wales. University of Sheffield, UK.
1998-1999: MRes Science of the Environment. Lancaster University, UK.
1993-199: BSc (Hons) Biology. University of Portsmouth, UK.
I graduated from the University of Portsmouth in 1997 and continued my studies at Lancaster University where I graduated with an MRes in the Science of the Environment. The early part of my career was as a science communicator for both the British Science Association and the Freshwater Biological Association.
In 2006 I decided to return to university and I undertook a research project in conjunction with Environment Agency examining the temporal variability of river invertebrate communities across England and Wales. I demonstrated that there were distinct spatial and temporal patterns in the communities relating to both environmental drivers and the constituent species within them.
Having completed my PhD I took up a role with the IUCN Freshwater Biodiversity Unit. Here I analysed the findings of the most comprehensive assessment of freshwater species ever conducted for Africa, and developed a methodology for the identification of Key Biodiversity Areas for freshwater species.
I am now a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Southampton where I am pursuing my long standing interest in ecosystem services.