Dr Kelly Robinson

Research Fellow

SOI 2.13
tel. 01334 462635
fax. 01334 463443


Current Position:


I am a research fellow at the Sea Mammal Research Unit under Dr Ailsa Hall working on a joint NERC research grant held by Dr Kimberley Bennett at the University of Abertay working on the affects of hormones and persistent organic pollutants on fat tissue function in phocid seals.


Research Interests include:

  • Hormonal impacts on individual behaviour and physiology
  • Maternal and social behaviour
  • Particular interest in the neuropeptide oxytocin, which I conducted my PhD on under Dr Paddy Pomeroy and Dr Neil Hazon at the Scottish Oceans Institute, St Andrews and Dr Sean Twiss at the University of Durham

Please visit my research website for more information about myself and my work: https://kellyrobinsonscience.wordpress.com/



Robinson, KJ, Pomeroy, PP, Hazon, N, Moss, S & Twiss, SD 2017, 'Individual size, sex and rearing environment impact on aggression in newly weaned seals' Marine Mammal Science, vol 33, no. 2, pp. 621-629. DOI: 10.1111/mms.12367
Robinson, KJ, Twiss, SD, Hazon, N & Pomeroy, P 2015, 'Maternal oxytocin is linked to close mother-infant proximity in grey seals (Halichoerus grypus)' PLoS One, vol 10, no. 12, e0144577. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0144577
Robinson, KJ, Twiss, S, Hazon, N, Moss, S, Lonergan, M & Pomeroy, P 2015, 'Conspecific recognition and aggression reduction to familiars in newly weaned, socially plastic mammals' Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, vol 69, no. 8, pp. 1383-1394. DOI: 10.1007/s00265-015-1952-7
Robinson, KJ, Hazon, N, Lonergan, M & Pomeroy, P 2014, 'Validation of an enzyme-linked immunoassay (ELISA) for plasma oxytocin in a novel mammal species reveals potential errors induced by sampling procedure' Journal of Neuroscience Methods, vol 226, pp. 73-79. DOI: 10.1016/j.jneumeth.2014.01.019