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Roberto Salguero-Gomez is an Associate Professor in Ecology in the Department of Zoology, Tutorial Fellow in Biology at Pembroke College and an NERC Independent Research Fellow.

My main interests are population dynamics, macro ecology and the evolution of (and escape from) senescence.

Why is Oxford a good place to work in research related to environmental challenges?

Oxford is a leader in our understanding of environmental challenges due to its unique collegial system. Being based at world-leading Departments helps, but is not enough to overcome the multi-disciplinary challenges that environmental change poses. The collegial system, whereby academics and students from different Departments come together at the Colleges to interact and brainstorm means that synergies and creative solutions occur more naturally.

What is the biggest environmental challenge facing the planet right now?

Without a doubt: habitat degradation. Habitat degradation alone is responsible for the loss of more terrestrial and aquatic species than most other direct and indirect human effects. Our responsibilities, as researchers, is to seek solutions to understand and predict wildlife population collapses due to habitat degradation (and other factors) before these happen.

Despite the challenges, are you optimistic about our future?  

I most definitely remain optimistic, despite the on-going environmental challenges. Never before has the general public been more aware of our actions on biodiversity than in this generation. The exponential growth of smart technologies, responsible for bringing societal awareness via social media, can also be used to monitor biodiversity. The marriage of technology, ecological theory and ecological modelling have already positioned us at the gateway of a new era: one that will be characterised by more efficiently and cheaply examine, understand and predict biodiversity changes as response to habitat degradation, climate change, etc.

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