A professional Zoologist, Roy has run his consultancy business for 25 years, covering many of the hottest topics and latest techniques available. This background allowed him to develop the Zoology Programme with a focus on producing employable "oven-ready" graduates. His varied portfolio ranges from designing nature reserves (e.g. Watchtree) to expert witness appearances on Birdstrike at international airports.
Roy is a dedicated conservationist and has worked on conservation projects in many countries, including The Gambia, Sri Lanka and Madagascar. He spearheads the University's work in The Gambia, covering a wide range of species including vultures, elasmobranchs (sharks and rays), monkeys, forest carnivores (genets etc.) and dolphins. Research interests include population regulation in birds, Gambian wildlife and novel solutions to human/wildlife conflicts. Teaching interests include applied field studies (Gambia), conservation practice and all matters ornithological.
Qualifications and memberships
BSc (Hons) Zoology (Liverpool)
PhD 'Factors affecting the breeding success of the Herring Gull at an increasing and a decreasing colony' (Glasgow)
Academic and research interests
Specialist survey and management of birds and other British vertebrates.
Applied research into the management of "pest" bird species.
Conservation of birds in U.K. and West Africa.
Research into marine vertebrates, including tropical species.
Airports, Aircraft and Bird strike issues.
Moore, A. B., Séret, B., & Armstrong, R. (2019). Risks to biodiversity and coastal livelihoods from artisanal elasmobranch fisheries in a Least Developed Country: The Gambia (West Africa). Biodiversity and Conservation, 1-20. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10531-019-01732-9
Knauf, S., Gogarten, J.F., Schuenemann, V.J., De Nys, H.M., Düx, A., Strouhal, M., Mikalová, L., Bos, K.I., Armstrong, R., Batamuzi, E.K. and Chuma, I.S., 2018. Nonhuman primates across sub-Saharan Africa are infected with the yaws bacterium Treponema pallidum subsp. pertenue. Emerging microbes & infections, 7(1), 157- https://doi.org/10.1038/s41426-018-0156-4
Knauf, S., Gogarten, J., Schuenemann, V.J., De Nys, H.M., Duex, A., Strouhal, M., Mikalova, L., Bos, K.I., Armstrong, R., Batamuzi, E.K. and Chuma, I.S., 2017. African nonhuman primates are infected with the yaws bacterium Treponema pallidum subsp. pertenue. bioRxiv, p.135491. https://doi.org/10.1101/135491
Mayhew, M., Convery, I., Armstrong, R., & Sinclair, B. (2016). Public perceptions of a white‐tailed sea eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla L.) restoration program. Restoration ecology, 24(2), 271-279. https://doi.org/10.1111/rec.123
Hillyer, A., Armstrong, R., & Korstjens, A. (2015). Dry season drinking from terrestrial man-made watering holes in arboreal wild Temminck’s red colobus, The Gambia. Primate Biology, 2, 21-24. https://doi.org/10.5194/pb-2-21-2015
Recent external roles
Council Member for Cumbria Wildlife Trust.
Partner in Armstrong McCaul Biological Consultants (established 1994).
Director, Project Wild Gambia.