I am currently a PhD student in ecology at the Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research (CBER) at University College London, co-supervised by Prof. Kate Jones, Dr. Tim Newbold, and Dr. Dave Redding. Broadly I am interested in the effects of environmental change and biodiversity loss on both ecological communities and human health, and my doctoral research focuses on understanding and predicting impacts of global change on the transmission of zoonotic diseases, with a particular interest in Lassa fever and other closely environmentally-linked zoonoses.

My other work has focused on applications of new technologies for the study of wildlife and ecosystems, in particular the use of acoustic sensors to monitor animals and their environments, and the study of animal movement using on-board sensor tags. Recently this has included working within WWF-UK’s Conservation Technology Guidelines team (co-developing a technical report and interactive website on passive acoustic sensing in ecology and conservation), and data analysis, management and public outreach on the Bat Detective and iBats citizen science projects for acoustic bat monitoring (including an exciting partnership with British Science Week in 2016). You can watch a video of a recent talk I gave on monitoring ecosystems through sound here.

Get in touch at rory.gibb.14 [at]  |  ResearchGate  |  Google Scholar


PhD student, CBER, University College London (2016-)
MRes Biodiversity, Evolution & Conservation, University College London (2014-15)
BSc Biology, University of Bristol (2005-08)


Gibb R., Browning E., Glover-Kapfer P., Jones K.E. Emerging opportunities and challenges for passive acoustics in ecological assessment and monitoring. in review.

Gibb R., Redding D.W., Chin K.Q, Blackburn T.M., Newbold T., Jones K.E., 2018. Effects of land use on zoonotic host communities: a global correlative analysis. Meeting Abstract, Lancet Planetary Health (🔓 open access link).

Mac Aodha O., Gibb R., Barlow K., Browning E., Firman M., et al., 2018. Bat Detective – Deep Learning Tools for Bat Acoustic Signal Detection. PLoS Computational Biology (🔓open access link)

Browning E., Gibb R., Glover-Kapfer P., Jones K.E., 2017. Passive acoustic monitoring in ecology and conservation. WWF Conservation Technology Series 1(2), WWF-UK, Woking. (link)

Gibb R., Moses L.M., Redding D.W, Jones K.E., 2017. Understanding the cryptic nature of Lassa fever in West Africa. Pathogens & Global Health 6 (🔓 open access link)

Gibb R., Shoji A., Fayet A., Perrins C., Guilford T., Freeman R., 2017. Remotely sensed wind speed predicts soaring behaviour in a wide ranging pelagic seabird. J. R. Soc. Interface 14 (132), 20170262 (🔒 link; contact me for a PDF)

Gibb R., Mac Aodha O., Jones K.E., 2016. Bat Detective: citizen science for ecoacoustic biodiversity monitoring. Environmental SCIENTIST 25(2), 12-18. (PDF)

Recent outreach, talks and presentations

Monitoring ecosystems through sound and deep learning. Public talk at the monthly Energized Labs meeting on new developments in tech, London, November 2017. Video here.

‘Amplification/Annihilation: In sonic defiance of extinction’. A free-entry evening of listening themed around climate crisis and extinction, co-produced with Anja Kanngieser and Paul Rekret. Cafe Oto, London, August 2017. Read a PDF of the programme booklet here.

iBats and Bat Detective. Talk, November 2016, Bat Conservation Trust South-East Conference, Woking.

Bat Detective. Talk, August 2016, ‘Data to discovery’ workshop on ecology and citizen science, Zooniverse, Oxford.

Bat Detective. Talk, April 2016, British Bats Research Symposium (BritBats), University College London.

Citizen science for acoustic bat monitoring (with Oisin Mac Aodha). Public lunchtime talk, Grant Museum, March 2016, as part of British Science Week 2016.