Cliff Robinson

Research Scientist
Pacific Biological Station
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Nanaimo, BC
Canada V9T 6N7

Phone: 250-756-7049

Fax: 250-756-7138


Research area(s):

  • Fisheries oceanography
  • Forage fish
  • Marine conservation
  • Nearshore habitats
  • Spatial technologies

Area of Expertise:

Cliff Robinson works as a Research Scientist at the DFO’s Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo as well as an Ajunct Associate Proffesor in the Department of Georgraphy at the University of Victoria.

Cliff’s doctorate is in fisheries oceanography and habitat ecology from the University of British Columbia. He has more than 25 years of applied and research experience working with coastal marine species and habitats. He was a senior marine scientist with the Canadian National Parks Service for 13 years responsible for establishing and managing coastal marine science programs for Pacific, Arctic and Atlantic Canada. His adjunct Associate Professorship in the Marine Protected Areas Research group at the University of Victoria allows him to continue his long-term research interest in eelgrass conservation, Pacific sand lance ecology, marine species-at-risk conservation, and use of remote sensing and GIS in studying coastal habitats of British Columbia.

As an adjunct faculty member in the Marine Protected Areas Research Group, his main research interests focus on 1) field study of benthic burying habitats and pelagic feeding areas of the Pacific sand lance (Ammodytes personatus) and relationships with the threatened coastal seabird Marbled Murrelet, 2) understanding spatial and environmental factors driving the diversity and productivity of juvenile fish assemblages in eelgrass meadows (Zostera marina), and 3) evaluating the effectiveness of blue carbon habitats in mitigating climate change in coastal marine protected areas.

Select Presentation(s) / Publication(s):

Wilson, Jessica; Readshaw, John; Robinson, Cliff; Sales, Luke; and Weir, Bob, “Engineering sustainable shorelines: an evaluation framework” (2018). Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. 35.

Park, Ashley; Lemieux, Gina; Emmett, Brian; McMillan, Doug; Troffe, Peter; Davis, Shauna; Bodman, Michael; Waters, Mike; and Robinson, Cliff, “Techniques for understory kelp salvage and recolonization of disturbed sites to mitigate temporal habitat loss” (2018). Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. 543.

R Postlethwaite, Victoria & McGowen, Aimee & Kohfeld, Karen & Robinson, C & Pellatt, Marlow. (2018). Low blue carbon storage in eelgrass (Zostera marina) meadows on the Pacific Coast of Canada. PLoS ONE. 13. 10.1371/journal.pone.0198348.

Peters, Willem & Robinson, C & Kohfeld, Karen & Pellatt, Marlow & Bertram, Douglas. (2018). Extent of microplastics in Pacific Sand Lance burying habitat in the Salish Sea.

McGowen, Aimee & R Postlethwaite, Victoria & Kohfeld, Karen & Pellatt, Marlow & Robinson, C & Yakimishyn, Jennifer & Chastain, Stephen. (2016). Assessing the Extent and Density of Seagrass Meadows in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and Clayoquot Sound on the Pacific Coast of Canada.

Siegle, Matthew & Robinson, C & Yakimishyn, Jennifer. (2014). The Effect of Region, Body Size, and Sample Size on the Weight-Length Relationships of Small-Bodied Fishes Found in Eelgrass Meadows. Northwest Science. 88. 140-154. 10.3955/046.088.0208.

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