Dr Kelly Robinson

Dr Kelly Robinson
Associate Lecturer in Animal Behaviour and Evolution

Current Position:

I am an associate lecturer of animal behaviour and evolution teaching undergraduate modules for the School of Biology. I also am conducting research on neuropeptide hormones and their role in social behaviour, mother-infant dynamics and energy balance.

My research interests include:

  • Hormonal impacts on individual behaviour and physiology.
  • Maternal and social behaviour.
  • The physiology of energetics and how this links to individual behaviour and survival.
  • Particular interest in the neuropeptide oxytocin, which much of my current research centers around.

Please visit my research website for more information about myself and my work:

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Research Overview:


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Predicting consequences of POP-induced disruption of blubber glucose uptake, mass gain rate and thyroid hormone levels for weaning mass in grey seal pups Kelly Robinson, Holly C. Armstrong, Simon E.W. Moss, Georges Scholl, Alexandra Tranganida, Gauthier Eppe, Jean-Pierre Thomé, Cathy Debier, Ailsa Jane Hall
Environment International 2021 vol. 152
Bottlenose dolphin calves have multi-year elevations of plasma oxytocin compared to all other age classes Kelly Robinson, Kerstin Ternes, Neil Hazon, Randall Wells, Vincent Janik
General and Comparative Endocrinology 2020 vol. 286
Baby seals Kelly Robinson
The Conversation 2019
High oxytocin infants gain more mass with no additional maternal energetic costs in wild grey seals (Halichoerus grypus) Kelly Robinson, Neil Hazon, sean twiss, Patrick Pomeroy
Psychoneuroendocrinology 2019 vol. 110
Investigating decadal changes in persistent organic pollutants in Scottish grey seal pups Kelly Robinson, Ailsa Jane Hall, Georges Scholl, Cathy Debier, Jean-Pierre Thomé, Gauthier Eppe, Catherine Adam,
Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 2019 vol. 29 pp. 86-100
Persistent organic pollutant burden, experimental POP exposure, and tissue properties affect metabolic profiles of blubber from gray seal pups Kelly Robinson, Ailsa Jane Hall, Cathy Debier, Gauthier Eppe, Jean Pierre Thomé, Kimberley A. Bennett
Environmental Science and Technology 2018 vol. 52 pp. 13523-13534
Individual size, sex and rearing environment impact on aggression in newly weaned seals Kelly Robinson, Patrick Pomeroy, Neil Hazon, Simon Moss, Sean Twiss
Marine Mammal Science 2017 vol. 33 pp. 621-629
Positive social behaviours are induced and retained after oxytocin manipulations mimicking endogenous concentrations in a wild mammal Kelly Robinson, Sean D. Twiss, Neil Hazon, Simon Moss, Patrick Pomeroy
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 2017 vol. 284
Reproductive behaviour Patrick Pomeroy, Sean Twiss, Kelly Robinson
Using blubber explants to investigate adipose function in grey seals Kimberley A. Bennett, Kelly Robinson, Simon Moss, Sebastian Millward, Ailsa Jane Hall
Scientific Reports 2017 vol. 7
Conspecific recognition and aggression reduction to familiars in newly weaned, socially plastic mammals Kelly Robinson, Sean Twiss, Neil Hazon, Simon Moss, Mike Lonergan, Patrick Pomeroy
Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 2015 vol. 69 pp. 1383-1394
Maternal oxytocin is linked to close mother-infant proximity in grey seals (Halichoerus grypus) Kelly Robinson, Sean D. Twiss, Neil Hazon, Patrick Pomeroy
PLoS ONE 2015 vol. 10
Validation of an enzyme-linked immunoassay (ELISA) for plasma oxytocin in a novel mammal species reveals potential errors induced by sampling procedure Kelly Robinson, Neil Hazon, Mike Lonergan, Patrick Pomeroy
Journal of Neuroscience Methods 2014 vol. 226 pp. 73-79

Contact Details:

Dr Kelly Robinson
Harold Mitchell Building
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 9TH

room: 306


Sea Mammal Research Unit
School of Biology
Centre for Biological Diversity
Scottish Oceans Institute
Biology Equality and Diversity Committee

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