Dr Toby Galligan

Toby Galligan

Conservation Scientist

Address: The Lodge, Potton Road, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 2DL

Department: Conservation Science

Themes of work: Ecosystem services, Identifying problems, International species, New methods and technologies


I manage research and monitoring for the RSPB's South Asian Vulture Crisis Project, working closely with our BirdLife partners in India and Nepal. 

Our research priorities are:

  1. Determining the diversity of scavenging birds directly impacted by NSAID contamination of livestock carcasses.
  2. Safety-testing all NSAIDs available for veterinary use
  3. Quantifying the cost of the loss of the ecosystem service provided by vultures. 

We monitor: 

  1. Vulture populations
  2. NSAID prevalence in pharmacies and livestock carcasses. Our work informs conservation actions at regional, national and local levels, including the establishment of Vulture Safe Zones to protect wild populations and provide safe release sites for captive breed vultures.

I work closely with Rhys Green, Paul Donald and Juliet Vickery (RSPB Conservation Science), Chris Bowden, Anaya Mukherjee and Ian Barber (RSPB International), Vibhu Prakash (Bombay Natural History Society, India) and Khadananda Paudel (Bird Conservation Nepal, Nepal). 

My key skills include wildlife (raptor) monitoring, satellite telemetry, radio tracking, ecotoxicology (monitoring and experimentation), population genetics (microsatellites), mark-and-recapture (passerines), nest monitoring, behavioural observations, bioacoustics, questionnaires, experimental design, BACI experiments, statistical modelling, project management and science education.

External activities

  • 2013: Member, SAVE (Saving Asia's Vultures from Extinction) Technical Advisory Committee.
  • 2013: Conservation Officer, Oriental Bird Club Conservation Committee

Partners and collaborations

  • Dr Vibhu M. Prakash, Bombay Natural History Society
  • Mr Khadananda Paudel, Bird Conservation Nepal
  • Dr Richard Cuthbert, Wildlife Conservation Society
  • Dr Mark Taggart, Environmental Research Institute, University of the Highlands and Islands
  • Dr Tatsuya Amano, Conservation Science Group, University of Cambridge
  • Prof Vinny Naidoo, Biomedical Research Centre, University of Pretoria
  • Dr A K Sharma, Indian Veterinary Research institute