Rocío Pozo

Visiting Researcher 


PhD, MSc, DVM / @RocioPozo5

Autobiography I am a qualified vet from Chile, and did my dissertation on female mating choices, which involved working with mammal and bird communities from the Atacama desert to the far end of Patagonia. I then broadened my skills during my MSc in Conservation Science (Imperial College London), when I studied habitat-species associations in the Hispaniolan solenodon in the Dominican Republic – one of the most amazing experiences ever. For my PhD in Zoology (University of Oxford), I worked on the ecological aspects of conservation conflicts with African elephants in the Okavango Delta Panhandle, Botswana, which reinforced my passion for conservation and inter-disciplinary work.

Research interests Conflicts in conservation is a research area that fascinates me. Conflicts are a key driver of species declines and extinctions, but also of poverty and social inequality worldwide. My research interests therefore lie at the interface between the ecological and social aspects of conflicts in conservation, and aims to benefit both local people and wildlife.

Pozo, R.A., Schindler, S., Cubaynes, S., Cusack, J., Coulson, T. & Malo, A. (2016). Modelling the impact of selective harvesting in red deer. Journal of Wildlife Management .
Pozo, R.A., McCulloch, G., Stronza, A., Coulson, T. & Songhurst, A. (2017). Determining baselines for human-elephant conflict: a matter of time. PlosONE.
Smit, J., Pozo, R.A., Cusack, J., Nowak, K. & Jones, T. (2017). Using camera traps to study the age-sex structure and behaviour of crop-using elephants in Udzungwa Mountains National Park, Tanzania. Oryx.
Pozo, R.A., McCulloch, G., Stronza, A., Coulson, T. & Songhurst, A. Chilli-briquettes modify elephant temporal behaviour but not numbers. Oryx (in press).
Jones, T., Cusack, J., Pozo, R.A., Smit, J., Mkuburo, L., Baran, P., Lobora, A.L., Mduma, S. & Foley, C. The demographic consequences of elephant poaching: insights from rapid population assessments across space and time. Ecological Indicators (in review).
Pozo R. A. Habitat-species association in the Hispaniolan solenodon (Solenodon paradoxus): a quantitative study of an endangered Caribbean mammal (2011). Imperial College London, MSc thesis.