Robert comes from a hill farming family in Highland Perthshire, and has always been interested in the relationships between land-use and the environment. He studied Geography and Scottish History at St Andrews University, before returning to work on the farm. After stints volunteering with the James Hutton Institute and a research project on natural flood management, he began a PhD in palaeoecology at St Andrews, but he left this after realising that he wanted to carry out research in a more applied setting. Robert started working with the SFT in late 2018, as an assistant to Richard Young at Kites Nest Farm. He mainly works as a researcher, looking at the hidden costs of food production, the links between diet and non-communicable diseases, and the role of livestock in UK agriculture.