Rhys completed his PhD on “British reptile conservation: phylogeography and translocation studies” (supervised by Prof Mike Bruford and Dr Jo Cable ) in 2009. He researches and holds the position of Lecturer at Cardiff University delivering modules in Genetics, Evolution and Diversity (BI0002), Nutrition, Transport and Signalling (BI0004), Animal Diversity (BI2118), Welsh Ecological Field Course (BI2001) and Dental - Blood and the immune system. Rhys is currently putting together an East African field course. He assisted and eventually lectured on the previous Tropical Ecology field course, Kenya, between 1997 and 2013. During this time, Rhys worked closely with the Maasai communities of the Loita, Kenya and has extensive experience of the ecology of East Africa.
He is a Principle ecologist, a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London, A Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management and a Chartered Environmentalist.
He is the Wildlife Trusts Wales Ambassador and the Welsh Libraries Ambassador and Champion of reading.
Rhys is a BAFTA nominated Television and Radio presenter. His BBC television career includes two series of ‘Rhys to the Rescue’, Chris Packham’s ‘Nature’s Calendar’ and Sir David Attenborough’s ‘Saving Planet Earth’. He has presented the Royal Welsh Show on BBC Wales since 2007. He also works in radio, including his BBC Wales radio series ‘My date with Death’ and podcasts for the Guardian. He regularly appears on BBC radio alongside the likes of Simon Mayo on Drive time BBC Radio 2, Cerys Mathews on Radio 6 Music and Inside Science on BBC Radio 4.
Rhys’s latest BBC television series ‘Rhys Jones’s Wildlife Patrol attracted an audience of 12 million viewers across the UK. Series 3 of ‘Rhys Jones’s Wildlife Patrol’ is due to be aired in 2016.