My Details

‌‌Chloe RobinsonChloe Robinson
Postgraduate Student



Twitter: @aquawales


About Me

In September 2014, I graduated from Swansea University with a Distinction in MSc Environmental Biology, Conservation and Resource Management after previously obtaining a BSc (Hons) in Zoology also from Swansea University. I received a College of Science Scholarship for my Masters and also won best presentation and best dissertation awards for my thesis. I am currently undertaking a PhD within the Biosciences department, as part of the AquaWales Research Cluster funded by the National Research Network for Low Carbon, Energy and Environment (NRN-LCEE). My PhD is based around the application of novel molecular methods (environmental DNA) to detect and monitor aquaculture-related aquatic invasive species (AIS).

My undergraduate project looked at tracing Andean condor flight paths using GPS tags and how flight behaviours can be identified and quantified from tri-axial accelerometer data. My MSc project focussed on the influence of river obstructions on the morphological and genetic variation of brown trout (Salmo trutta) in Welsh rivers. My PhD focusses on using environmental DNA (eDNA) and citizen science to detect and predict dispersal of a number of named invasive species (signal crayfish, zebra mussel, mitten crab). I will also be investigating the genetic diversity of the named invasive species as a way of investigating origins of introduction and relationships between host and parasite (i.e. crayfish plague causal agent) genetic diversity and dispersal.

During my undergraduate degree, I assisted a PhD student in researching maladaptation and phenotypic mismatch in hatchery-reared Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar). I undertook a number of behavioural trials, morphometric analysis and genetic analysis as well as aided with identification, stripping and maintenance of fish at a local hatchery. Since September 2013, I have volunteered for SeaWatch Foundation and undertaken many land and boat-based watches. I have been trained on how to run line-transect surveys, how to take photo-ID pictures of cetaceans and how to recognise and record cetacean behaviour. During my time volunteering for SeaWatch Foundation, I have helped run multiple public engagement sessions in Cardigan Bay and have also written marine life blogs and have participated in sightings/watch data input and analysis. In July 2014 I obtained the status of Marine Mammal Medic, after completing a course with the British Diver’s Marine Life Rescue group and am also a trained cetacean surveyor with ORCA. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Molecular ecology & analysis
  • Morphometric analysis
  • Aquaculture Research
  • Cetacean behaviour and monitoring