Robin D. Moore, Ph.D.


COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

Dr. Robin Moore blends his scientific training with his passion for photography and storytelling to connect a broad audience with the urgency and opportunity for saving endangered species. Recognizing the importance of communications for challenging perceptions and changing behaviors, Robin has spearheaded innovative campaigns to raise the profile of too-often overlooked species.

The Search for Lost Frogs, a global quest to find species missing for decades, attracted significant media attention and inspired the book, In Search of Lost Frogs, which was named one of The Guardian’s best nature books of 2014. Robin is an award-winning photographer and Senior Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers. That visual storytelling is a powerful tool for conservation is illustrated by the role that Robin’s images and films played in overturning a decision by the Jamaican Government to develop the country’s largest protected area, home to some 20 globally endangered species including one of the rarest lizards in the world, the Jamaican Iguana.

Education

  • Ph.D. Biodiversity Conservation, University of Kent at Canterbury.
  • M. Res., Ecology and Environmental Management, University of York.
  • B.S. Zoology, University of Aberdeen.

Publications

Moore, R.D. (2014) In Search of Lost Frogs. Bloomsbury UK and Firefly Books USA.

Gower, D. et al. (2012). Long-term data for endemic frog genera reveal potential conservation crisis in the Bale Mountains, Ethiopia. Oryx, 47, 59-69.

Gratwicke, B., Evans, M. J.,  Jenkins, P. T., Kusrini, M. D., Moore, R. D., Sevin, J. & Wildt, D. E. (2010). Is the international frog legs trade a potential vector for deadly amphibian pathogens? Frontiers in Ecology and Environment, 8, 438-442.

Lacher, T. E., Bickham, J. W., Gascon, C., Green, R., Moore, R. D. and Mora, M. (2010). Impacts of Contaminants and Pesticides on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Structure and Function. Wildlife Toxicology (eds R.J. Kendall et al), pp. 111-145.  CRC Press, Boca Raton.

Moore, R. D. (2009). Newt Kid on the Moors. Courting the Wild: A love Affair with Reptiles and Amphibians (eds J. Mitchell, & J. Reaser). Eco-Systems Institute.

Moore, R. D. & Griffiths, R. A. (2008). A Conservation Success Story: The Mallorcan midwife toad, Alytes muletensisThreatened Amphibians of the World (ed M. Hoffman), pp. 129-130. Lynx Ediciones, Barcelona.

Moore, R. D. Gascon, C. & Collins, J. (2008). Amphibian Specialist Group: Past, Present and Future. Threatened Amphibians of the World (ed M. Hoffman), pp. 134. Lynx Ediciones, Barcelona.

Moore, R. D. & Church, D. R. (2008). Implementing the Amphibian Conservation Action Plan.  International Zoo Yearbook, 42, 15-23.

Andreone, F. et al. (2008). The challenges of conserving amphibian Megadiversity in Madagascar, PLos Biology ,6, 1-4

McCoy, E. D., Berish, J. E., Mushinsky, H. R. & Moore, R. D.  (2008). A future with small populations of the gopher tortoise. Urban Herpetology. Herpetological Conservation Vol. 3 (eds R. E. Jung & J. C. Mitchell), pp. 479-487. Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles. Salt Lake City, UT.

Gascon, C., Collins, J. P., Moore, R. D., Church, D. R., McKay, J. and J. Mendelson III. (2007). Amphibian Conservation Action Plan.  IUCN/SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK.

Moore, R. D., Griffiths, R. A., O’Brien, C. M., Murphy, A. & Jay, D. (2004). Induced defences in an endangered amphibian in response to an introduced snake predator. Oecologia, 141, 139-147.

Moore, R. D., Griffiths, R. A. & Román, A. (2003). Distribution of the Mallorcan midwife toad (Alytes muletensis) in relation to landscape topography and introduced predators. Biological Conservation, 116, 327-332.

Moore, R. D. et al. (2003). Geographical Distribution: Liolaemus zullyi first country record for Chile. Herpetological Review, 34, 166.

Ricketts, T.H., Dinerstein, E., Boucher, T., Brooks, T.M., Butchart, S. M., Hoffman, M., Lamoreux, J.F., Morrison, J., Parr, M., Pilgrim, J.D., Rodrigues, A.S.L., Sechrest, W., Wallace, G.E., Berlin, K.., Bielby, J., Burgess, N.D., Church, D.R., Cox, N., Knox, D., Loucks, C., Luck, G.W., Master, L.L., Moore, R., Naidoo, R. Ridgely, R. Schatz, G. E., Shire, G., Strand, H., Wettengel, W. & Wikramanayake, E. (2005). Pinpointing and preventing imminent extinctions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 102, 18497-18501. (PDF)

Guicking, D., Griffiths, R. A., Moore, R. D., Joger, U. & Wink, M. (2006). Introduced alien or persecuted native? Resolving the origin of the viperine snake on Mallorca. Biodiversity and Conservation 15, 3045-3054.

Kraaijeveld-Smit, F. J., Griffiths, R. A., Moore, R. D. & Beebee, T. J. C. (2005). Captive breeding and the fitness of reintroduced species: a test of the responses to predators in a threatened amphibian.  Journal of Animal Ecology, 43, 360-365.

Kraiijevelt-Schmit, F. J. L., Beebee, T. J. C., Griffiths, R. A. Moore, R. D. & Schley, L. (2005). Low gene flow but high genetic diversity in the threatened Mallorcan midwife toad Alytes muletensisMolecular Ecology, 14, 3307-3315.

Lovett, J. C., Clarke, G. P, Moore, R. D. & Morrey, G. H. (2001). Elevational distribution of restricted range forest tree taxa in eastern Tanzania. Biodiversity and Conservation, 10, 541-550.

 

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