The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
Dr David Roberts
Senior Lecturer in Biodiversity Conservation
Director of Graduate Studies; Student Employability Ambassador
- - D.L.Roberts@kent.ac.uk
- - 01227 (82)7851
I am interested in questions related to biodiversity and conservation science in general, rather than specific taxa or research fields. As such I have worked on topics as broad as the social ecology of taxonomist and wildlife trade over the internet, to climate change and extinction modeling. My most recent work focusses on developing a method of estimating the date of extinctions and investigating wildlife trade over the internet.back to top
Solow, A., Smith, W., Burgman, M.A., Rout, T., Wintle, B., Roberts, D.L. (2012) Uncertain sightings and the extinction of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker (Campephilus principalis). Conservation Biology, 26: 180-184.
Joppa, L.N., Roberts, D.L., Pimm, S.L. (2011) The population ecology and social behaviour of taxonomists. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 26: 551-553.
Joppa, L.N., Roberts, D.L., Myers, N., Pimm, S.L. (2011) Biodiversity hotspots house most undiscovered plant species. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108: 13171-13176.
Joppa, L.N., Roberts, D.L., Pimm, S.L. (2011) How many species of flowering plants are there? Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 278: 554-559.
Robbirt, K.M., Davy, A.J., Hutchings, M.J., Roberts, D.L. (2011) Validation of biological collections as a source of phenological data for use in climate change studies: a case study with the orchid Ophrys sphegodes. Journal of Ecology, 99:235-241.
Roberts, D.L., Elphick, C.S., Reed, J.M. (2010) Identifying anomalous reports of putatively extinct species and why it matters. Conservation Biology, 24: 189-196.back to top
DI311: The Green Planet
DI505 Topics in Conservation Biology
DI508 Skills for Conservation Biologists
Taught Masters Modules:
DI871: International Wildlife Trade - Achieving Sustainability
DI881: Advanced Topics in Conservation Ecology and Management
SE836: Introduction to Botanical Ethnobotanyback to top
Most of my research focuses on questions relating to species detectability and extinction, and orchid ecology; in particular the response of orchids to climate change, epiphyte community ecology and modelling epiphyte seed dispersal. In pursuit of these goals, I have travelled widely, focusing on study systems in the western Indian Ocean islands and Africa. Since moving to DICE I have become particularly interested in investigating wildlife trade over the internet and developing tools and strategies to aid detection and gathering of statistics.
Although I am primarily an "orchid" person, I work on a diverse range of taxa including, ants, the dodo, mammoths and the North Atlantic Right Whale. More recently I have moved into wildlife trade and the role of the internet. Further details can be found on my website.back to top
Amy Hinsley (PhD): 'Characterising the formation and structure of international wildlife trade networks in the age of online communication'
Susanne Masters (PhD): Global Salep trade
Karen Robbirt (PhD - PT at Kew/UEA): 'Will climate warming present British orchids with a pollination crisis?'
Lydia Yeo (PhD): 'Application of mark-recapture models in assessing wildlife crime'
Emma Ford (MSc by Research): Investigating the demand for captive bred vs wild collected chameleons
Janine Robinson (PhD): 'Captive-farming in the exotic pet trade'
Anita Wan (MSc by Research): 'Morphological & colour preference in the ornamental fish trade'
Victoria Stephens (MSc by Research): 'Development of a science-based quota system for the Golden Mantella'
Declan Crace (MSc by Research): 'The way you make me move: how people forage while surveying biodiversity'
Lucy Smith (MSc by Research): 'Mortality in the ornamental fish trade'back to top
Academic Editorial Board - PeerJ
Academic Editorial Board - PLoS ONE
Editorial Board of Endangered Species Research
Advisor – Malesian Orchid Journal
Herbier de la Réunion – associate
Association pour l’Étude Taxonomique de la Flore d’Afrique Tropicale – memberback to top