Dr. Robert Jehle

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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Contact Details

Peel Building Room 306

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Current positions

Head of Biology and Wildlife


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.

Areas of research

Zoology, Biodiversity, Population Genetics, Ecology, Amphibians


I contribute to about 10 modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels each academic year. My teaching reflects both my past education as well as my ongoing research, and covers a wide range of topics largely in the area of wildlife conservation. I believe in a versatile approach to teaching, and have developed activities which range from large-classroom lectures and laboratory practicals to residential rainforest fieldtrips.

I am, or have been, external examiner for a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses at three academic institutions.

Research Interests

My main research interests revolve around the ecology, evolution, behaviour and conservation of amphibians at the level of populations. I have been involved in studies on all three amphibian orders (anurans, urodeles, and caecilians), covering wild populations from Europe, Central & South America, Africa and Asia.

I am also collaboratively involved in population biological studies on other vertebrates, such as for example Pacific eels or Mesoamerican crocodiles.

Qualifications and Memberships


PhD Zoology, University of Vienna (2000)


Council Member, Tropical Biology Association (www.tropical-biology.org)

Member of the Executive Committee, World Congress of Herpetology (2008-2020)

Board of Trustees, Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust (www.arc-trust.org)

Associate Editor, Animal Conservation

Associate Editor, Herpetological Journal

Editorial Board, Endangered Species Research