Rocío Pozo

Postdoctoral 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. 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 the livelihoods of local people in the Okavango Delta Panhandle, Botswana. All of these projects have reinforced my passion for wildlife conservation and the need for interdisciplinary approaches to solve conflicts.

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. 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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