Dr Peter Robins

Senior Lecturer in Physical Oceanography

Contact info

Office location: Room 115, Marine Centre Wales, Menai Bridge

(Tel: 01248 383961)

Email:  p.robins@bangor.ac.uk

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I am a Senior Lecturer in Physical Oceanography at the School of Ocean Sciences. I was awarded my Degree in Physical Oceanography and Mathematics at Bangor University in 2003 and my Ph.D in 2008, where I investigated internal tides in the Gareloch: a Scottish fjord. My postdoctoral and academic career has focused on physical modelling studies for Marine Renewable Energy, Coastal and estuarine processes including morphodynamics and water quality, and Biophysical larval transport.

I develop computer models to simulate ocean processes, whether this is realistic representations of the past or future, or hypothetical scenarios such as a proposed coastal alteration like flood mitigation measures. I have studied estuaries at fine scales to understand their sensitivity to complex interactions of rivers, tides, surges and sea-level rise, and how these interactions control coastal flooding, plastic dispersal, water quality and human health. I develop methods to characterise the bio-physical dispersal of larvae to help understand population dynamics and aid fishery and shellfishery management. I am interested in characterising variabilities in tidal energy available for our exploitation as a renewable electricity source – and quantifying the likely environmental implications that this may have. 

 

Contact Info

Office location: Room 115, Marine Centre Wales, Menai Bridge

(Tel: 01248 383961)

Email:  p.robins@bangor.ac.uk

Author profiles: Google Scholar | Researchgate

I am a Senior Lecturer in Physical Oceanography at the School of Ocean Sciences. I was awarded my Degree in Physical Oceanography and Mathematics at Bangor University in 2003 and my Ph.D in 2008, where I investigated internal tides in the Gareloch: a Scottish fjord. My postdoctoral and academic career has focused on physical modelling studies for Marine Renewable Energy, Coastal and estuarine processes including morphodynamics and water quality, and Biophysical larval transport.

I develop computer models to simulate ocean processes, whether this is realistic representations of the past or future, or hypothetical scenarios such as a proposed coastal alteration like flood mitigation measures. I have studied estuaries at fine scales to understand their sensitivity to complex interactions of rivers, tides, surges and sea-level rise, and how these interactions control coastal flooding, plastic dispersal, water quality and human health. I develop methods to characterise the bio-physical dispersal of larvae to help understand population dynamics and aid fishery and shellfishery management. I am interested in characterising variabilities in tidal energy available for our exploitation as a renewable electricity source – and quantifying the likely environmental implications that this may have. 

 

Teaching and Supervision

I supervise the following PhD students: 

Jonathan Demmer – simulating variability of North Wales mussel populations.

Nic Chopin – variability in the Irish Mussel shellfishery.

Mike Ridgill - Hydrologiclal stream flow renewable enregy resource assessment.

Nia Jones - Dispersal of Microplastics in the Marine Environment (DIME). (NERC ENVISION)

Mirko Barada - Coastal flooding: using historical records to mitigate future risk. (Cemlyn Jones)

Thomas Clough - Predicting future compound hazards of coastal flooding (KESS - Dwr Cymru/Welsh Water)

 

 

Grant Awards and Projects

2017-18 NERC ERIIP (NE/R009007/1): Combination Hazard of Extreme rainfall, storm Surge & high Tide on estuarine infrastructure (CHEST). (T Coulthard, P Robins, M Lewis) £39K.

2017-20 INTERREG Atlantic Area Programme: COCKLES (Boosting Co-operation and integration of Capacities for applying Knowledge and mutual Learning in Restoring Cockle Shellfisheries and its related Ecosystem-Services in the Atlantic Area). (S Malham, P Robins, et al) £347K.  Led by CETMAR in Spain. 

2017-21 INTERREG: ECOSTRUCTURE (S Jenkins, A Davies, S Neill, P Robins, et al) ~£610k. Led by Aberystwyth.

2017 Sêr Cymru NRN Research Development Fund: Grant proposal development award. (P Robins, M Lewis, S Neill) £5k.

2017-20 INTERREG Ireland-Wales Programme: Bluefish (Building Resilience into Blue Growth in the Irish and Celtic Seas Fisheries and Aquaculture). (S Malham, P Robins, L LeVay, M Kaiser, et al.) £1.4m (Part of 6.6m euros multipartner).

2017-18 INTERREG Ireland -Wales Programme: Irish Sea Portal Pilot (ISPP). (S Malham, P Robins, L LeVay, et al.) £620k (part of 1.4 m euros with BIM in Ireland).

2017 FSA Desk based study: Active Management of Shellfisheries. (S Malham, L LeVayP Robins, et al.) £28k.  

2016 Sêr Cymru NRN Research Development Fund: Grant proposal development award. (M Lewis, P Robins, S Neill) £5k.

2016 Sêr Cymru NRN Research Development Fund: Tidal Lagoon Workshop. (S Neill, M Lewis, P Robins) £10k.

2015-18 KESS II ESF PhD studentship. Simulating variability of North Wales mussel populations (S Neill, P Robins, S Malham) £54k.

2015-18 NERC EMHH (NE/M010996/1): New approaches for the quantitative detection of human pathogenic viruses within the freshwater-marine continuum (D Jones, S Malham, J McDonnald, P Robins, et al.) £465k.

2015-17 NATIONAL PRIORITY RESEARCH PROGRAM (NPRP 7-1302 -1-242): Ecological processes underlying ecosystem function in arid mangroves. (L LeVay, et al) £235k.

2012-15 HPCWales-Fujitsu PhD studenship: Development of an integrated catchment-to-coast modelling system. (R Hashemi, et al) £70k.

2008-13 CCW: Morphodynamic modelling of Welsh estuaries. (A Davies, P Robins) ~£100k.

Postgraduate Project Opportunities

I welcome potential Phd projects on a range of coastal oceanography topics: e.g. estuarine processes, flood risk, water quality, coastal dispersal, marine renewable energy, sediment transport and climate change. Please get in touch with your ideas...

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Education / academic qualifications

  • 2008 - PhD , Modelling internal tides
  • MSc , Physical Oceanography and Maths
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