Dr. Robert Jehle

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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Contact Details

Peel Building Room 306

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Current positions

Reader in Wildlife and Organismal Biology


I am a population biologist with an unexplainable fondness for amphibians, ponds, and rainforests. After completing my PhD in Zoology at the University of Vienna (Austria) I obtained an EU Marie Curie post-doctoral fellowship to conduct research at the Molecular Ecology Laboratory of the University of Sheffield. I then pursued my research and teaching with temporary academic positions at Sheffield and the University of Bielefeld (Germany), before arriving at the University of Salford in 2008.

Areas of research

Zoology, Biodiversity, Population Genetics, Ecology, Amphibians


Each academic year I contribute to usually more than 10 modules which form part of several BSc and MSc courses. My teaching reflects both my past education as well as my ongoing research, and covers broad areas ranging from zoology and population genetics to conservation biology. I believe in a versatile approach to teaching, and have developed and delivered teaching activities which range from lectures, laboratory practicals and IT classes to residential rainforest fieldtrips.

I am currently external examiner for in total three undergraduate courses and one postgraduate course at two academic institutions. 

Research Interests

My main research area revolves around the ecology, evolution and behaviour of amphibians at the level of populations. A main focus covers the documentation of spatial and temporal population processes using life-history data and genetic markers, and the use of genetic information to document mating systems.

A second area of research encompasses field-based studies on habitat use and migration, and the application of such data for conservation. I have been involved in research on all three amphibian orders (anurans, urodeles, and caeclians), covering wild populations from Europe, Africa, Central & South America, and Asia.

I am also collaboratively involved in population genetic studies on other vertebrates, such as for example Pacific eels.

Qualifications and Memberships


  • PhD Zoology, University of Vienna (2000)


  • Council Member, Tropical Biology Association (www.tropical-biology.org)
  • Member of the Executive Committee, World Congress of Herpetology (www.worldcongressofherpetology.org)
  • Board of Trustees, Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust (www.arc-trust.org)
  • Member of the Research Committee, British Herpetological Society (www.thebhs.org)
  • Associate Editor, Animal Conservation
  • Associate Editor, Herpetological Journal
  • Editorial Board, Endangered Species Research
  • Editorial Board, Dataset Papers in Biology