After obtaining his PhD in California, and several Post-Doctoral Fellowships, Prof Slotow joined the University of Natal as a lecturer in 1996. He was promoted to Professor in 2007, and is a Fellow of UKZN, and a member of ASSAF. He served on the UKZN executive for 8 years. He has served on a number of Ministerial Panels, and assists government at National, Provincial and Municipal level. Rob is an Honorary Professor at University College London, and is the Oppenheimer Fellow in Functional Biodiversity.