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Research Associate, Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology, University of Cape Town

Rowan’s research interests lie in the fields of behavioural ecology and conservation, specifically understanding the evolutionary and ecological drivers of behaviour, and their implications for the persistence of populations. Rowan also has a strong focus in understanding the drivers and implications of trade in wildlife and the design of effective interventions to address associated harms. As Director of the World Parrot Trust’s Africa Conservation Programme he has spearheaded multiple research and conservation initiatives aimed at protecting vulnerable populations of some of the world's most threatened bird species, dismantling illicit trade networks and supporting evidence-based policy in both the private and public sectors.


  • –present
    Research Associate Percy Fitzpatrick Institute, University of Cape Town