Robert Thomson (2014)
Alumni Diploma Students
I was born in London and studied Astrophysics (BSc and MSc) at the University of Kent before moving into a career in IT. I worked in that field for a decade before taking a career break and travelling, predominantly in sub-Saharan Africa. While there I reawakened a childhood passion for nature, and fell in love with the wide open spaces of that bright continent.
Starting as a short-term volunteer at the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia, I soon worked my way into a fulltime position. I extended my technical role to include VHF/satellite collars and camera traps, and begun liaising with farmers and other stakeholders. I soon started running my own projects, and developed educational programmes to pass my knowledge onto volunteers and interns.
I hope to gain knowledge of a broader range of species/environments, and develop the analysis skills needed to interpret field studies.