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, Hall, AJ, Debier, C, Eppe, G, Thomé, JP & Bennett, KA 2018, 'Persistent organic pollutant burden, experimental POP exposure, and tissue properties affect metabolic profiles of blubber from gray seal pups' Environmental Science and Technology, vol. 52, no. 22, pp. 13523-13534. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.8b04240
Pomeroy, P, Twiss, S & Robinson, KJ 2017, Reproductive behaviour. in Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals. 3 edn, 36, Academic Press.
Bennett, KA, Robinson, KJ, Moss, SEW, Millward, S & Hall, AJ 2017, 'Using blubber explants to investigate adipose function in grey seals: glycolytic, lipolytic and gene expression responses to glucose and hydrocortisone' Scientific Reports, vol. 7, 7731. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-06037-x
Robinson, KJ, Twiss, SD, Hazon, N, Moss, S & Pomeroy, P 2017, 'Positive social behaviours are induced and retained after oxytocin manipulations mimicking endogenous concentrations in a wild mammal' Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol. 284, no. 1855, 20170554. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2017.0554
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
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