Staff Profiles

Robert F. Rockwell

Research Associate, Vertebrate Zoology, Ornithology
Adjunct Professor, Richard Gilder Graduate School

Curriculum Vitae (short version)
  • Education

      • Queen’s University (Kingston), PhD, 1975
      • Wright State University, MSc, 1971
      • Wright State University, BSc, 1969 
  • Research Interests

    Research Interests

      Dr. Rockwell is a population biologist and ecologist working primarily on the dynamics of interacting species in the Hudson Bay Lowlands. While the main theme of his 43-year-long field project has centered on lesser snow geese, work has expanded in the last 20 years to include graminoid primary producers, halophytic plants (representing alternate stable states in degraded habitat), various non-goose herbivores (e.g. caribou) and predators including arctic foxes, wolves and both grizzly and, especially, polar bears. One focus of his current research is the impact of global climate change on the interactions of species in these three trophic levels. The other involves the genetic analyses of non-invasively sampled tissues to evaluate abundance, survival, population structure and landscape use of apex predators such as polar bears. He and his students and colleagues integrate field approaches, laboratory assessments and state-of-the-art analytical and modeling techniques. They are all members of the Hudson Bay Project, an international team dedicated to research in remote, coastal arctic tundra.

  • Publications

  • Teaching Experience

    Teaching Experience