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School of Environment and Life Sciences

Dr Robert Jehle

Reader in Wildlife and Organismal Biology


I am a population biologist with an unexplainable fondness for amphibians, ponds, and rainforests. After completing my PhD in Zoology at the University of Vienna (Austria) I obtained an EU Marie Curie post-doctoral fellowship to conduct research at the Molecular Ecology Laboratory of the University of Sheffield. I then pursued my research and teaching with temporary academic positions at Sheffield and the University of Bielefeld (Germany), before arriving at the University of Salford in 2008.


Each academic year I contribute to usually more than 10 modules which form part of several BSc and MSc courses. My teaching reflects both my past education as well as my ongoing research, and covers broad areas ranging from zoology and population genetics to conservation biology. I believe in a versatile approach to teaching, and have developed and delivered teaching activities which range from lectures, laboratory practicals and IT classes to residential rainforest fieldtrips.

I am currently external examiner for in total three undergraduate courses and one postgraduate course at two academic institutions. 

Research Interests

My main research area revolves around the ecology, evolution and behaviour of amphibians at the level of populations. A main focus covers the documentation of spatial and temporal population processes using life-history data and genetic markers, and the use of genetic information to document mating systems.

A second area of research encompasses field-based studies on habitat use and migration, and the application of such data for conservation. I have been involved in research on all three amphibian orders (anurans, urodeles, and caeclians), covering wild populations from Europe, Africa, Central & South America, and Asia.

I am also collaboratively involved in population genetic studies on other vertebrates, such as for example Pacific eels.

Qualifications and Memberships

PhD Zoology, University of Vienna (2000)

Council Member, Tropical Biology Association (

Member of the Executive Committee, World Congress of Herpetology (

Board of Trustees, Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust (

Member of the Research Committee, British Herpetological Society (

Associate Editor, Animal Conservation

Associate Editor, Herpetological Journal

Editorial Board, Endangered Species Research

Editorial Board, Dataset Papers in Biology


Selection of publications:

Miró A, O’Brien D, Hall J, Jehle R (2017) Habitat requirements and conservation needs of peripheral populations: The case of the great crested newt (Triturus cristatus) in the Scottish Highlands. Hydrobiologia 792: 169-181.

Roth S, Jehle R (2016) The genetic structure of common toad (Bufo bufo) populations under long-term, natural fragmentation in a Northern archipelago. Ecology and Evolution 6: 1626-1636.

Liao WB, Lou SL, Lu D, Jehle R (2016) Geographic variation in life-history traits: growth season affects age structure, egg size and clutch size in Andrew’s toad (Bufo andrewsi). Frontiers in Zoology 13: 6.

Zeng Y, Lou SL, Liao WB, Jehle R (2014) Evolution of sperm morphology in anurans: the roles of mating system and spawning location. BMC Evolutionary Biology 14: 104.

BaláΕΎ V, Vörös J, Civiš P, Vojar J, Hettyey A, Sós E, Dankovics R, Jehle R, Guldager D, Clare F, Fisher MC, Garner TWJ, Bielby J (2014) Taxonomic and geographic selectivity of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis infection in Europe: Assessing risk and directing future monitoring. Conservation Biology 28: 213-223.

Calboli FCF, Fisher MC, Garner TWJ, Jehle R (2011) The need for jumpstarting amphibian genome projects. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 26: 378-379.

Ursprung E, Ringler M, Jehle R, Hödl W (2011) Strong male-male competition allows for non-choosy females: high levels of polygynandry in a territorial frog with paternal care. Molecular Ecology 21: 1759-1771.