Dr Peter Robins

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 Research 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 career included a Research Fellowship in Bangor’s Centre for Applied Marine Sciences, with specific interests in 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 study estuaries at fine scales to understand their sensitivity to complex interactions of rivers, tides and sea-level rise, and how these interactions control coastal water quality and flooding. 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. 

 

  1. Article › Research › Peer-reviewed
  2. Published

    A numerical study of marine larval dispersal in the presence of an axial convergent front

    Robins, P., Neill, S. & Gimenez Noya, J., 20 Mar 2012, In : Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 100, p. 172-185

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. Published

    Application of a coastal model to simulate present and future inundation and aid coastal management

    Robins, P., Davies, A. & Jones, R., 1 Mar 2011, In : Journal of Coastal Conservation: Planning and Management. 15, 1, p. 1-14

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  4. Published

    Biogeochemical functioning of grazed estuarine tidal marshes along a salinity gradient

    Dausse, A., Garbutt, A., Norman, L., Papadimitriou, S., Jones, L. M., Robins, P. E. & Thomas, D. N., 20 Mar 2012, In : Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 100, p. 83-92

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  5. Published
  6. Published

    Characterising the tidal stream power resource around France using a high-resolution harmonic database

    Guillou, N., Neill, S. & Robins, P., Aug 2018, In : Renewable Energy. 123, p. 706-718

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  7. Published

    Characteristics of the velocity profile at tidal-stream energy sites

    Lewis, M., Neill, S., Robins, P., Hashemi, M. R. & Ward, S., Dec 2017, In : Renewable Energy. 114, Part A, p. 258-272

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  8. Published

    Connectivity and Dispersal Patterns of Protected Biogenic Reefs: Implications for the Conservation of Modiolus modiolus (L.) in the Irish Sea

    Gormley, K., Mackenzie, C., Robins, P. E., Coscia, I., Cassidy, A., James, J., Hull, A., Piertney, S., Sanderson, W. & Porter, J., 1 Dec 2015, In : PLoS ONE. 10, 12, p. e0143337

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  9. Published

    Effect of waves on the tidal energy resource at a planned tidal stream array

    Hashemi, M. R., Neill, S. P., Robins, P. E., Davies, A. G. & Lewis, M. J., Mar 2015, In : Renewable Energy. 75, p. 626-639

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  10. Published

    Future variability of solute transport in a macrotidal estuary

    Robins, P. E., Lewis, M. J., Simpson, J. H., Howlett, E. R. & Malham, S. K., 13 Oct 2014, In : Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 151, p. 88-99

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  11. Published

    Identification of genetically and oceanographically distinct blooms of jellyfish

    Lee, P. L., Dawson, M. N., Neill, S. P., Robins, P. E., Houghton, J. D., Doyle, T. K. & Hays, G. C., 1 Mar 2013, In : Journal of the Royal Society Interface. 10, 80, p. 20120920

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  12. Published
  13. Published

    Impact of tidal-stream arrays in relation to the natural variability of sedimentary processes

    Robins, P. E., Neill, S. P. & Lewis, M. J., 8 Aug 2014, In : Renewable Energy. 72, p. 311-321

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  14. Published

    Improving estuary models by reducing uncertainties associated with river flows

    Robins, P., Lewis, M., Freer, J., Cooper, D., Skinner, C. & Coulthard, T., 31 Jul 2018, In : Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  15. Published

    Influence of storm surge on tidal range energy

    Lewis, M., Angeloudis, A., Robins, P., Evans, P. S. & Neill, S., Mar 2017, In : Energy. 122, p. 25-36

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  16. Published

    Interactive visual analytics of hydrodynamic flux for the coastal zone

    George, R. L., Robins, P. E., Davies, A. G., Ritsos, P. D. & Roberts, J. C., 7 May 2014, In : Environmental Earth Sciences. 71, 10, p. 3733-3766

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  17. Published

    Modelled larval dispersal and measured gene flow: seascape genetics of the common cockle Cerastoderma edule in the southern Irish Sea

    Coscia, I., Robins, P. E., Porter, J. S., Malham, S. K. & Ironside, J. E., 1 Sep 2012, In : Conservation Genetics.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  18. Published

    Morphological controls in sandy estuaries: the influence of tidal flats and bathymetry on sediment transport.

    Robins, P. E. & Davies, A. G., 1 Jun 2010, In : Ocean Dynamics. 60, 3, p. 503-517

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  19. Published

    Physical and biological controls on larval dispersal and connectivity in a highly energetic shelf sea

    Robins, P. E., Neill, S. P., Gimenez, L., Jenkins, S. R. & Malham, S. K., 1 Mar 2013, In : Limnology and Oceanography. 58, 2, p. 505-524

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  20. Published

    Power variability of tidal-stream energy and implications for electricity supply

    Lewis, M., McNaughton, J., Márquez-Dominguez, C., Todeschini, G., Togneri, M., Masters, I., Allmark, M., Stallard, T., Neill, S., Goward Brown, A. & Robins, P., 15 Sep 2019, In : Energy. 183, p. 1061-1074

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  21. Published

    Predicting the dispersal of wild Pacific oysters Crassostrea gigas (Thunberg, 1793) from an existing frontier population—a numerical study

    Robins, P., King, J., Jenkins, S. & Tita, A., 2017, In : Aquatic Invasions. 12, 2, p. 117-131

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  22. Published

    Regional-scale patterns in harbour porpoise occupancy of tidal stream environments

    Waggitt, J., Dunn, H., Evans, P. G. H., Hiddink, J., Holmes, L. J., Keen, E., Murcott, B. D., Piano, M., Robins, P., Scott, B. E., Bond, J. & Veneruso, G., 1 Mar 2018, In : ICES Journal of Marine Science. p. 701-710

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  23. Published

    Research priorities for assessing potential impacts of emerging marine renewable energy technologies: Insights from developments in Wales (UK)

    Roche, RC., Walker-Springett, K., Robins, PE., Jones, J., Veneruso, G., Whitton, TA., Piano, M., Ward, SL., Duce, CE., Waggitt, JJ., Walker-Springett, G., Neill, S., Lewis, M. & King, J., 1 Dec 2016, In : Renewable Energy. 99, December, p. 1327-1341 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  24. Published

    Residual flow, bedforms and sediment transport in a tidal channel modelled with variable bed roughness

    Davies, A. & Robins, P., 15 Oct 2017, In : Geomorphology. 295, p. 855-872 10.1016/j.geomorph.2017.08.029.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  25. Published

    Resource assessment for future generations of tidal-stream energy arrays

    Lewis, M., Neill, S. P., Robins, P. E. & Hashemi, M. R., 1 Apr 2015, In : Energy. 83, p. 403-415

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  26. Published

    The Influence of Intra-Array Wake Dynamics on Depth-Averaged Kinetic Tidal Turbine Energy Extraction Simulations

    Piano, M., Robins, P., Davies, A. & Neill, S., 22 Oct 2018, In : Energies. 11, 10, 2852.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  27. Published

    The internal tide of the Gareloch, a Scottish Fjord

    Robins, P. & Elliott, A., 1 Jan 2009, In : Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 81, 1, p. 130-142

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  28. Published

    The potential impact of climate change on the infectious diseases of commercially important shellfish populations in the Irish Sea—a review

    Robins, P. E., Malham, S., Rowley, A. F., Cross, M. E., Culloty, S. C., Lynch, S. A., Mackenzie, C. L., Morgan, E., O'Riordan, R. M., Robbins, P. E., Smith, A. L., Thrupp, T. J., Vogan, C. L., Wootton, E. C. & Malham, S. K., 1 May 2014, In : ICES Journal of Marine Science. 71, 4, p. 741-759

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  29. Published

    Tidal range energy resource and optimization – past perspectives and future challenges

    Neill, S., Angeloudis, A., Robins, P., Walkington, I., Ward, S., Masters, I., Lewis, M., Piano, M., Avdis, A., Piggott, M., Aggidis, G., Evans, P., Adcock, T., Zidonis, A., Ahmadian, R. & Falconer, R., Nov 2018, In : Renewable Energy. 127, November, p. 763-778

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  30. Published

    Tidal stream resource assessment uncertainty due to flow asymmetry and turbine yaw misalignment

    Piano, M., Neill, S., Lewis, M., Robins, P., Hashemi, R., Davies, A., Ward, S. & Roberts, M., Dec 2017, In : Renewable Energy. p. 1363-1375

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  31. Published

    Tidal stream resource characterisation in progressive versus standing wave systems

    Ward, S., Robins, P., Lewis, M., Iglesias, G., Hashemi, M. R. & Neill, S., 15 Jun 2018, In : Applied Energy. 220, p. 274-285

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  32. Published

    Viral dispersal in the coastal zone: a method to quantify water quality risk

    Robins, P., Farkas, K., Jones, D. L., Cooper, D. & Malham, S., May 2019, In : Environment International. 126, p. 430-442

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  33. Published

    Wave-tide interaction modulates nearshore wave height

    Lewis, M. J., Palmer, T., Hashemi, R., Robins, P., Saulter, A., Brown, J., Lewis, H. & Neill, S., Mar 2019, In : Ocean Dynamics. 69, 3, p. 367-384

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  34. Chapter › Research › Peer-reviewed
  35. Published

    Changing Hydrology: A UK Perspective

    Robins, P. & Lewis, M., 2019, Coasts and estuaries: The future. Wolanski, E., Day, J., Elliott, M. & Ramachandran, R. (eds.). Burlington: Elsevier, p. 611-617 6 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  36. Paper › Research › Not peer-reviewed
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  39. Commissioned report › Research › Not peer-reviewed
  40. Published

    Science to Policy: The role of marine renewable energy in a low carbon future

    Wiik, E., Neill, S., Lewis, M., Robins, P., O'Doherty, T., Toberman, H., Pan, S., Ebdon, T., Masters, I. & Togneri, M., Mar 2019, Ser Cymru National Research Network for Low Carbon, Energy and Environment. (Science to Policy)

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report