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Dr Leonie Robinson B.Sc.(Hons), P.hD.

Lecturer in Marine Biology Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences

    Research

    Research Interest 1

    My research interests fall under the general area of applied marine ecology. Recent work has focused on investigating the mechanistic links between fisheries disturbance, variability in secondary production of the system and species diversity. I am interested in how the changing distributions of size within marine communities has implications for biodiversity of the overall ecosystem. This is particularly relevant in assessing the ecological significance of changes thought to have occured as a result of manageable human activities such as fishing. More recently I have become involved in research collaborating with engineers to model the interaction between physical disturbances and the seafloor, with the aim of developing predictive models of the ecological consequences of this. I am also interested in the design of marine protected areas and how an increased understanding of the factors that influence the distribution and size of populations of invertebrate and fish species will help to inform this.

    Research Group Membership

    Research Grants

    European Topic Centre on Marine and Coastal Waters

    EUROPEAN ENVIRONMENT AGENCY(DENMARK)

    January 2016 - December 2018

    Knowledge, Assessment and Management for AQUAtic Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services aCROSS EU policies (AQUACROSS)

    EUROPEAN COMMISSION

    June 2015 - November 2018

    Options for Delivering Ecosystem-Based Marine Management - ODEMM

    EUROPEAN COMMISSION

    March 2010 - November 2013

    ESPON - European Seas and Territorial Development, Opportunities and Risks, ESaTDOR

    EUROPEAN COMMISSION

    September 2010 - June 2013

    Urban Research on Biodiversity on Artificial and Natural Coastal Environments (URBANE)

    MARINE BIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION OF THE UK (UK)

    June 2009 - May 2013

    A Marine Assessement and Monitoring Framework for Application by UKMMAS and OSPAR - Assessement of Pressures and Impacts, PHASE III: Support of Regional Assessments

    JOINT NATURE CONSERVATION COMMITTEE (UK)

    January 2009 - August 2009

    Assessing the resilience of ecosystem service delivery: Can the Earth bounce back?

    NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC)

    March 2009 - June 2009

    Cleft, crevice and the inner thigh: Another Place for Barnacle settlement

    BRITISH ECOLOGICAL SOCIETY (UK)

    July 2006 - June 2007

    Development of Fishing Gears with Reduced Effects on the Environment

    EUROPEAN COMMISSION

    April 2008 - September 2009

    Marine Environment Change Network (MECN)

    MARINE BIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION OF THE UK (UK)

    July 2005 - July 2015

    A Marine assessement and monitoring framework for application by UKMMAS and OSPAR - Assessment of Pressures

    JOINT NATURE CONSERVATION COMMITTEE (UK)

    November 2007 - December 2008

    Celtic Seas Partnership

    EUROPEAN COMMISSION

    October 2012 - March 2017

    Development of an operational EU policy-based marine ecosystem (services) assessment framework

    EUROPEAN ENVIRONMENT AGENCY(DENMARK)

    March 2014 - October 2014

    Research Collaborations

    Dr Odette Paramor

    Internal

    Collaborations in the fields of marine ecology and management. Short contract for CCW on management of marine resources in 2006-07 and ongoing work on biological traits analysis and vulnerability of communities to different impacts.

    Dr Richard Warden

    Internal

    Developing research intitiatives on the interactions between bioturbatory animals and changes in sediment mineralogy. Links to oil industry funding and potential for future NERC reserach proposal.

    Marine and freshwater biology/Professor Frid, Dr Julie Bremner

    Internal

    Collaborations in the fields of marine ecology and management. Short contract for CCW on management of marine resources in 2006-07 and ongoing work on biological traits analysis and vulnerability of communities to different impacts.