The Cape Bird Club
Western Cape Raptor Research Programme – Rob Simmons
Rob is a British-born ecologist, conservation biologist and ornithologist specialising in population ecology, behavioural ecology and life history theory. He has enjoyed a varied research background in the UK, Canada, Sweden and Africa with interests in evolution of mating systems, sibling aggression, reproductive constraints, latitudinal effects on breeding output and conservation of endemic and wetland birds in Namibia. His academic research interests have focused on the ecology and evolution of raptorial birds culminating in a recently published book in the Oxford Ornithology Series: Harriers of the World: their behaviour and ecology. He is continuing that work with a new study of the endemic Black Harrier in the southwestern Cape in collaboration with Fitzpatrick staff and students. His conservation interests are very diverse and have covered the full gamut from albatrosses to cranes and terns to woodhoopoes. His main interests are endemic Namibian species and long term studies of Namibian wetlands and, more recently, its rivers. Rob is currently writing Namibia's first Red data book on birds.
The Black Harrier project in the Overberg and the Swartland.
The Black Harrier team, which besides Rob Simmons, consists of Andrew Jenkins and
Odette Curtiss who are monitoring about 80 nests.
A Black Harrier hen with her chick.
Rob Simmons tel (021) 650 3310 or fax (021) 650 3295 firstname.lastname@example.org