Dr Rob Briers is an Associate Professor of Ecology and Head of Life Sciences in the School of Applied Sciences. Rob is an ecologist with a particular emphasis on aquatic systems, quantitative methods and all things spatial.
He employs a combination of field-, laboratory- and modelling-based approaches to a range of pure and applied ecological questions in freshwater, terrestrial and marine ecosystems and across a range of spatial scales. Current research interests focus on the use of stable isotopes to examine patterns of distribution and reproduction of migratory salmonids, spatial modelling of carbon storage in mangrove ecosystems and patterns of invertebrate diversity and community composition in pond ecosystems.
Prior to joining Edinburgh Napier, Rob undertook a NERC-funded post-doc at Aberystwyth University using a combination of novel techniques (stable isotopes and harmonic radar tracking) to examine dispersal patterns of adult aquatic insects in upland streams. Prior to this he gained a PhD from the University of Sheffield on metapopulation ecology of backswimmers.