Alexandra Robbins

Room 517, Graham Kerr Building
Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine
College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences
University of Glasgow
G12 8QQ

Tel.: 0141 330 6648
Fax: 0141 330 5971

Academic History

  • 2010 - present: PhD, Seabirds and Marine Renewables.
  • 2008 - 2010: MRes Marine & Freshwater Ecology and Environmental Management, University of Glasgow
  • 2002 - 2005: BSc (Hon) Animal Management, Sparsholt College Hampshire (awarded by University of Portsmouth)

I am interested in the ecological impacts of wave and tidal marine renewable installations on marine birds and mammals. My research will use behavioural and sensory ecology approaches to investigate how marine birds use high-energy tidal environments and their detection and behavioural responses to structures on the surface and underwater.

Previous research projects:

  • 2010: Philopatry in Pacific black-legged kittiwakes; do they return to their natal nesting areas? (funded by Earthwatch Institute  and US Fish and Wildlife Service)
  • 2009: Predation at a Pacific seabird colony; a missing piece of the ‘seabirds as bioindicators’ puzzle? (funded by Earthwatch Institute  and US Fish and Wildlife Service)
  • 2005: A behavioural study on the effects of climate on captive king penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) held in indoor and outdoor enclosures
  • 2004: Discrimination of the larvae of the bluebottle blowflies Calliphora vicina and C. vomitoria (Diptera: Calliphoridae)

Employment History

  • 2009 - 2010: Seasonal Reserve Officer, Noss National Nature Reserve. Scottish Natural Heritage, Northern Isles
  • 2009 - 2010: Area Officer, Mull Coll and Tiree. Scottish Natural Heritage, Argyll and Stirling
  • 2007 - 2008: Shoup Bay Field Team Leader. Earthwatch Institute/US Fish and Wildlife Service, Prince William Sound, Alaska
  • 2007 - 2008: Coastal Advisor. Natural England, South East Coastal Project
  • 2005 - 2007: Assistant Conservation Officer. English Nature/Natural England, Hampshire and Isle of Wight