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Dr Craig D Robinson

Telephone: +44 (0)131 244 3333

E-mail:  craig.robinson@gov.scot

Address: Marine Scotland, Marine Laboratory, 375 Victoria Road, ABERDEEN, AB11 9DB

Research Interests

My current work is concerned with marine assessment methodology for Descriptors 8 and 9 of the MSFD, contaminants and their effects on marine biota, analytical methodologies for the determination of elemental composition of fish otoliths by solution-based and laser-ablation ICPMS, and on the use of partition-based (passive) sampling and dosing in environmental monitoring and assessment of hydrophobic contaminants.


I collaborate with scientists from across the UK, notably those from other UK Competent Monitoring Authorities under the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and the Water Framework Directive (WFD). I collaborate with European scientists, particularly those working through Expert Groups of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), or through OSPAR processes. I have close collaborations with the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen (recent PhD project supervisor) and Trinity College Dublin (hosting one of their researchers on a MASTS Visiting Fellowship), and have hosted/supervised MSc students from several UK and European universities.

External Committees and Responsibilities

I am co-chair of the ICES Working Group on Marine Sediments in relation to pollution (WGMS), member of the ICES Working Group on Biological Effects of Contaminants (WGBEC), and I co-chaired the ICES Workshop on the application of Passive Sampling and Passive Dosing in marine media (WKPSPD, 2013). I provide advice to both the Scottish and UK Governments on the environmental effect of, and monitoring methodologies for, contaminants and their biological effects. I am a UK nominee to the European Commission MSFD Expert Network on Contaminants.

Most Recent Publications

  • Robinson, C.D., Webster, L., Martínez-Gómez, C., Burgeot, T., Gubbins, M.J., Thain, J.E., McIntosh, A.D., Vethaak, A.D., and Hylland, K.  2016.  Assessment of contaminant concentrations in sediments, fish and mussels sampled from the North Atlantic and European regional seas within the ICON project.  In press.  Marine Environmental Research http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marenvres.2016.04.005

  • Hylland, K., Burgeot, T., Martínez-Gómez, C., Lang, T., Robinson, C.D., Svavarsson, J., Thain J.E., Vethaak A.D., and Gubbins, M.J.  2016.  How can we quantify impacts of contaminants in marine ecosystems? The ICON project.  Marine Environmental Research, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marenvres.2015.11.006

  • Martínez-Gómez, C., Burgeot, T., Robinson, C.D., Gubbins, M.J., Halldorsson, H.P., Albentosa, M., Bignell, J.P., Hylland, K., and Vethaak A.D.  2016.  Lysosomal membrane stability and Stress on Stress in mussels as common pan-European contaminant-related biomarkers.  General stress biomarkers in mussels for wide regional biomonitoring programmes in Europe: the ICON experience.  Marine Environmental Research, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marenvres.2015.10.012

  • Vethaak A.D., Davies, I.M., Thain J.E., Gubbins, M.J., Martínez-Gómez, C.,Robinson, C.D., Moffat, C.F., Burgeot, T., Maes, T., Wosniok, W., Giltrap, M., Lang, T., and Hylland, K.  2016.  Integrated indicator framework and methodology  for monitoring and assessment of  hazardous substances and their effects in the marine environment.  Marine Environmental Research, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marenvres.2015.09.010

  • Booij, K., Robinson, C.D., Burgess, R.M., Mayer, P., Roberts, C., Ahrens, L., Allan, I.J., Brant, J., Jones, L., Kraus, U.R., Larsen, M.M., Lepom, P., Petersen, J., Pröfrock, D., Roose, P., Schäfer, S., Smedes, F., Tixier, C., Vorkamp, K., and Whitehouse, P.  2015.  Passive sampling and passive dosing in regulatory chemical monitoring of nonpolar contaminants in the aquatic environment.  Environ. Sci. Technol., 50, 3-17.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.5b04050.


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