Rob is an experienced tropical biologist and birder who specializes in the New World tropics. For the last decade, he has lived in South America, firstly in Ecuador and now in Peru, and has guided birding tours on five continents and seen over 5,000 species in the process.
Rob has been interested (some might say obsessed!) in birds and mammals since he was a child, but is generally fascinated with all aspects of the natural world. He read zoology and went on to obtain a PhD in conservation ecology working on Long-eared Owl population dynamics in Europe. Since 1997 he has worked for conservation organizations including RSPB International, BirdLife International, Wildlife Conservation Society and Frankfurt Zoological Society, and has written 4 books on birds and birding as well as many scientific articles. He is currently involved in research projects on Andean Condor, White-winged Guan, Andean Bear, Maned Wolf and Giant Otter and is also the scientific director of the award-winning Chaparri Reserve, the first community-owned private conservation area in Peru.