Rocío Pozo

Visiting Fellow 



Autobiography I have been working in conservation in Africa, Latin America and Europe for over ten years. As a qualified vet from Chile, I did my dissertation on female mating choices working with mammal and bird populations 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. I finally dived into conflicts in conservation during my PhD in Zoology at the University of Oxford, for which I worked on the ecological aspects of conflicts between elephant conservation and local people livelihoods in northern Botswana. All of these projects have reinforced my passion for wildlife conservation and the need for interdisciplinary approaches to reducing the impact of conservation conflicts.

Research interests Conservation conflicts are a key driver of species declines and extinctions, but also of poverty and social inequality worldwide. Therefore, my research interests lie at the interface of the ecological and social aspects of conflicts in conservation that aims to benefit both, local people and wildlife. In particular, I’ve been working with elephant populations by successfully developing and implementing conflict mitigation methods in Southern Africa. Methods that I’m looking forward to implementing in my new Newton Fund collaboration in Latin America.



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. The Journal of Wildlife Management.

Pozo, R.A., McCulloch, G., Stronza, A., Coulson, T. & Songhurst, A. (2017). Chilli-briquettes modify elephant temporal behaviour but not their numbers. Oryx.

Pozo, R.A. (2017) Burning chillies and dung could help stop elephants damaging farmers’ crops, The Conversation, 4.12.2017.

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.

Jones, T., Cusack, J., Pozo, R.A., Smit, J., Mkuburo, L., Baran, P., Lobora, A.L., Mduma, S. & Foley, C. (2018). Age structure as an indicator of poaching pressure: insights from rapid assessments of elephant populations across space and time. Ecological Indicators.

Cusack, J., Duthie, B., Rakotonarivo, O.S., Pozo, R.A., Mason, T., Nilsson, L., Tombre, I.M., Eythórsson, E., Madsen, J., Tulloch, A., Hearn, R.D., Redpath, S. & Bunnefeld, N. (2018). Time series analysis reveals lack of synchrony between conflict management effort and increasing large grazing bird populations in northern Europe. Conservation Letters.

Duthie, B., Cusack, J., Jones, I.L., Nilsen, E.B., Pozo, R.A., Rakotonarivo, O.S., Van Moorter, B. and Bunnefeld, N. GMSE: an R package for generalised management strategy evaluation. Methods in Ecology and Evolution (in review).

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