I’m a biologist and ecologist and currently a doctoral candidate 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. I am interested in the effects of environmental change and biodiversity loss on both ecological communities and human wellbeing, and my doctoral research focuses on understanding and predicting impacts of global change on zoonotic disease, with a particular interest in Lassa fever and other closely ecologically-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 partnership with British Science Week in 2016). You can watch videos of recent public talks on conservation and infectious disease, and monitoring ecosystems through sound.

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

Academic background

PhD candidate, CBER, University College London (2016-, funding: UCL Graduate Research Scholarship)
MRes Biodiversity, Evolution & Conservation, University College London (2014-15)
BSc Biology, University of Bristol (2005-08)

Peer-reviewed publications

Gibb R., Browning E., Glover-Kapfer P., Jones K.E., 2018. Emerging opportunities and challenges for passive acoustics in ecological assessment and monitoring. Methods in Ecology & Evolution (🔓 open access link)

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)

Selected outreach, talks and presentations

Cafe Sci Cambridge: Is Conservation Good for Your Health? Public talk/seminar hosted by Wellcome Genome Campus, Cambridge, October 2018. Video here.

Human-modified landscapes favour hosts of human parasites and pathogens. Poster, International Statistical Ecology Conference, July 2018, St Andrews (abstract).

Effects of land use on zoonotic host communities: a global correlative analysis. Poster, Planetary Health Meeting, May 2018, Edinburgh (abstract linked above).

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.

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.