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Georgina Robinson

Doctor

  • United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

  • 86 Citations
  • 5 h-Index
20092019

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Research expertise

My interests lie in the development of sustainable aquaculture technologies that are appropriate to the socio-ecological context of Small Island Developing States in the Western Indian Ocean.

I have over 12 years’ experience in the aquaculture industry in both temperate and tropical environments. In my early career, I developed integrated aquaculture systems in Scotland for the cultivation of Atlantic salmon, sea urchins and seaweed and pioneered the development of sea cucumber and seaweed farming in Madagascar. Since then, I have worked extensively in the field of tropical sea cucumber aquaculture in the Western Indian Ocean and further afield, including including Indonesia, New Caledonia, Madagascar, Tanzania, South Africa, Seychelles, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Mozambique, Mauritius, Rodrigues, Namibia and Thailand.

My research interests focus on understanding how sediment microbial communities and deposit feeding invertebrates interact to process organic matter and how these relationships can be harnessed and manipulated to enhance the bioremediation of aquaculture wastes. My PhD research focused on the development of state-of-the-art integrated aquaculture production and bioremediation systems, to culture high value sea cucumbers on effluent streams from land-based intensive aquaculture. I am particularly interested in the study of organismal and system microbiomes and the role they play in nutrient cycling. I will be pioneering novel techniques and technologies to improve the sustainability of aquaculture by promoting the assimilation and retention of nitrogen into biomass as opposed to its permanent removal.

Services expertise

I have consulted for a wide range of private sector companies, international organisations, governments and NGO’s including AquaSol, Aqua-Spark, the National Aquaculture Group (NAQUA) in Saudi Arabia, the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations.  These have mostly taken the form of commissioned reports, pilot studies, scoping reports and due diligence reviews; a full list of this work can be seen on the 'Activities' tab of my profile.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Science

31 Oct 201230 Sep 2016

Bachelor of Science, Univsersity of Southampton

1 Sep 19994 Jul 2003

Master in Science, Université de Bordeaux

1 Sep 20014 Jun 2002

Keywords

  • Q Science (General)
  • Alternative livelihoods; Aquaculture; Biodiversity assessments; Bioremediation; Business planning; Coastal Ecosystem Monitoring; Community-based aquaculture; Due diligence; Feasibility studies; Integrated multitrophic aquaculture; Marine field surveys; Marine Protected Areas; Marine science; Microalgae cultivation; Microbial ecology; Microbiome modelling; Nitrogen cycling; Ocean economy; Octopus fisheries management; Recirculating aquaculture systems; Sea cucumber aquaculture; Sea urchin aquaculture; Seaweed farming; Smallscale invertebrate fisheries management; Solid waste management (aquaculture); 16S rRNA sequencing

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Research Output

The effect of resource quality on the growth of Holothuria scabra during aquaculture waste bioremediation

Robinson, G., Caldwell, G. S., Jones, C. L. W. & Stead, S. M., 15 Jan 2019, In : Aquaculture. 499, p. 101-108 8 p.

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  • 6 Citations (Scopus)
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    Carbon amendment stimulates benthic nitrogen cycling during the bioremediation of particulate aquaculture waste

    Robinson, G., Mactavish, T., Savage, C., Caldwell, G. S., Jones, C. L. W., Probyn, T., Eyre, B. D. & Stead, S. M., 29 Mar 2018, In : Biogeosciences. 15, 6, p. 1863-1878 16 p.

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  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
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    Microbial – deposit feeder aquaculture bioremediation systems

    Robinson, G., 2017, Newcastle. 268 p.

    Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis (not awarded by UHI)

    Open Access
  • Nearshore Marine Finfish Culture: a small-scale pilot initiative in Southern Brazil

    Rombenso, A., de Araújo, A. L., Robinson, G. & Sampaio, L. A., Mar 2016, World Aquaculture, 47, 1 5 p.

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    Profiling bacterial communities associated with sediment-based aquaculture bioremediation systems under contrasting redox regimes

    Robinson, G., Caldwell, G. S., Wade, M. J., Free, A., Jones, C. L. W. & Stead, S. M., 12 Dec 2016, In : Scientific Reports. 6, 1, 13 p., 38850.

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  • 20 Citations (Scopus)
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    Activities

    Press / Media

    'Rising star' marine scientist wins prestigious fellowship

    Georgina Robinson

    20/09/19

    2 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research