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Mr Robert Cooke BSc, MRes

Postgraduate Research Student in Macroecology

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Mr Robert Cooke is a Postgraduate Research Student (MPhil/PhD SPITFIRE) within Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton. Rob is a first year post-graduate research student focussing on ecological resilience at the global scale.

Academic Qualifications

2013-2014: MRes Wildlife Conservation. Biological Sciences, University of Southampton, UK.
2010-2013: BSc (Hons) Environmental Science. Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton, UK.

Research interests

The resilience of functioning ecosystems and biomes

Spatiotemporal indicators for functional and structural integrity

Interactions between anthropogenic pressure and climate change on biodiversity

Research project:

Quantifying ecological resilience at the global scale

There is increasing interest in how management can support ecological resilience, in order to stem the widespread loss of global biodiversity. Current attempts to quantify resilience however remain so narrow in scope or of such limited scale that their results are unlikely to counteract this loss. This studentship aims to address this by constructing a generalised resilience framework that depends upon the simultaneous measurement of multiple cross-scale indicators, which underpin two inputs of resilience: integrity (the initial state of the system) and exposure (the magnitude, frequency and structure of disturbance that the system is subject to).

Supervisors: Dr Felix Eigenbrod & Dr Amanda Bates
PhD Research: Quantifying ecological resilience at the global scale
Funding: This research is supported by the University of Southampton and the NERC-funded SPITFIRE Doctoral Training Partnership

Research group

Environmental Biosciences

Professional Responsibilities

IUCN/SSC Antelope Specialist Group Project Officer at Marwell Wildlife

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BIOL6052 Advanced Quantitative Methods
ENVS2008 GIS for Environmental Scientists

Mr Robert Cooke
Biological Sciences
Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences
Life Sciences Building 85
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ

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