A Focus On Nature

Dr Rob Lambert

Co-founder of AFON in 2012.

Rob can offer mentees:

  1. Guidance on pursuing an academic career in university research, especially cross-disciplinary work.
  2. Guidance on working in ecotourism/wildlife tourism/nature tourism.
  3. Guidance on public speaking, public engagement, events, writing.
  4. Guidance on diverse environmental career options, working in media, TV & Radio, publishing, NGOs, government etc.

Dr Rob Lambert is a multi-disciplinary ‘environment’ academic at the University of Nottingham, working in environmental history and ecotourism. He holds a MA (Hons) in Modern History and a PhD in Environmental History from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He held a Leverhulme Fellowship at St. Andrews in the field of British environmental history studying the historical relationships between grey seals and people. Rob is also Senior Fellow at the University of Western Australia where he delivered the prestigious Alexander Lecture in 2006, taking as his theme ‘Contested nature in the modern British countryside’. He has published a number of books: edited collections Species History in Scotland (1998); (with T.C. Smout) Rothiemurchus: Nature and People on a Highland Estate 1500-2000 (1999); (with Ian Rotherham) Invasive and Introduced Plants and Animals: human perceptions, attitudes and approaches to management (2011); and a research monograph Contested Mountains (2001) about landuse conflicts in the Cairngorms range in the Highlands of Scotland; as well as numerous articles and book chapters on the past and present relationships between nature and people in Great Britain, conservation conflicts, species history, the nature conservation movement and eNGOs, sustainability, rewilding, wildlife television and the rise of wildlife tourism. Rob has published in the popular press in magazines like BBC Wildlife, British Birds, and in books in the Seasons series (2016) by Elliott & Thompson.

Rob was a writer on the international ‘Ghosts of Gone Birds’ art and conservation multi-media project in 2011; and a Steering Group member of New Networks for Nature (N3) from 2011-2014. In 2013, Rob was elected an Associate Member of the Centre for Environment, Heritage and Policy (CEHP) at the University of Stirling. He sits on the editorial board of the international journal Environment and History.

Rob is at times a programme consultant, talking head expert and lead on-camera contributor to the BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol and independent production companies working on a number of major TV and radio wildlife documentaries, including series on BBC1, BBC2, BBC Scotland, BBC4 and BBC Radio 4: Birds Britannia; Making Scotland’s Landscape; When Britain Went Wild; Springwatch Extra 2014 & 2016; Why the British Love Wildlife; Cairngorms: A Year in the Wild; In Pursuit of the Ridiculous; Attenborough’s Life Stories; Britain’s Big Wildlife Revival; Grand Tours of Scotland – The Charms of Nature; Shared Planet; Torrey Canyon: toxic tide.

Rob has voyaged south to the ice on expedition ships to serve as an IAATO International ‘Observer’ of sustainable tourism in Antarctica, and was part of the expedition staff on round-Britain cruises in with Silversea, Noble Caledonia and GA Expeditions.

Rob is a very keen British and global birder and cetacean-watcher, with around 30 years of field experience, and is passionate about showing people wildlife. Rob was Vice-President of the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust from 2012-2016; and is Vice-President of the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust; an Ambassador for Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust; and was one of the national Ambassadors for the wider Wildlife Trusts movement in their centenary year of 2012.