Jean-Paul ROBIN EN

at the University of Caen Lower Normandy
Research topic : Ecology of Cephalopod Populations
Research team in the laboratory : Coastal Ecosystems Biology

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Tel : 02 31 56 53 95
UMR M100 IFREMER-UCBN Physiologie et Ecophysiologie des Mollusques Marins
Esplanade de la Paix

 Administrative tasks :

• Member of "Comité Technique de l’Etablissement (CT)" (a board of the University dealing with staff policies)

 Courses and academic tasks :

• Responsible of a unit about "Biostatistics and biological data analysis" (1st year of Master in Biology)

• Responsible of a unit about "Fisheries and fishfarming" (2nd year of Master "Aquacaen") in which I give an introduction to Stock Assessment

 Scientific tasks :

• Chairman of the workshop "Habitats and behavior of cephalopod key life-stages" in the CIAC2012 symposium (Florianopolis, Brésil)

• Leader of the INTERREG IVA project "CRESH" (Cephalopod Recruitment from English Channel Spawning Habitats) 2009-2012
• Regional programme : Scientific support to the fishing and aquaculture industries
Coordinator of Action 1 "Cephalopods : ecology of resources and promotion of exploitation products"

 Thesis management (on going studies) :

Michaël GRAS (2009 – 2012) Contribution of inshore spawning sites to the recruitment of English Channel cuttllefish stock : relationship between the success of pre-recruit stages and resource abundance

Martin UMBERTINI (2009 – 2012) Re-suspended organic matter in oyster farming ecosystems of Lower Normandy.

 Research themes :

Keywords : Cephalopods, trophic relationships, juvenile, recruitment, population dynamics, habitats.

After having studied spatio-temporal trends in abundance in squid and cuttlefish stocks, population models were developed to describe cohort exploitation.

Statolith readings were used to compare growth parameters and age-at-recruitment.

Now ongoing studies concern pre-recruit stages and the part played by Cephalopods resourcesin the ecosystem.

The CRESH project objective is to better understand natural habitat of spawning and egg laying and of early stages.

These studies contribute to the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries via the analysis of trophic interactions and via the analysis of interactions between metiers and fishing fleets. .

  List of publications

(papers in international peer-reviewed journals)


Saint Beat, B., Dupuy, C., Bocher, P., Chalumeau, J., De Crignis, M., Fontaine, C., et al. (2013). Key features of intertidal food webs that support migratory shorebirds (in press). PlosOne, .
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Hastie, L. - C., Pierce, G. - J., Wang, J., Bruno, I., Moreno, A., Piatkowski, U., et al. (2009). Cephalopods in the North-Eastern Atlantic Species, Biogeography, Ecology, Exploitation and Conservation. Oceanography and Marine Biology: Annual Review, 47, 111–190.
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Anderson, F., Pilsits, A., Clutts, S., Laptikhovsky, V., Bello, G., Balguerias, E., et al. (2008). Systematics of Alloteuthis (Cephalopoda:Loliginidae) based on molecular and morphometric data. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 364(2), 99–109.
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Challier, L., Orr, P., & Robin, J. - P. (2006). Introducing inter-individual growth variability in the assessment of a cephalopod population: application to the English Channel squid Loligo forbesi. Oecologia, 150(1), 17–28.
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Challier, L., Pierce, G. - J., & Robin, J. - P. (2006). Spatial and temporal variation in age and growth in juvenile Loligo forbesi and relationships with recruitment in the English Channel and Scottish waters. Journal of Sea Research, 55(3), 217–229.
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Chen, C. - S., Pierce, G. - J., Wang, J., Robin, J. - P., Poulard, J. - C., Pereira, J., et al. (2006). The apparent disappearance of Loligo forbesi from the south of its range in the 1990s: Trends in Loligo spp. abundance in the northeast Atlantic and possible environmental influences. Fisheries Research, 78(1), 44–54.
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Pierce, G. - J., Valavanis, V., Pereira, J., Santurtun, M., Robin, J. - P., & Malham, S. (2006). Fishing for cephalopods. ICES Newsletter, (43), 13–15.
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Royer, J., Pierce, G. - J., Foucher, E., & Robin, J. - P. (2006). The English Channel stock of Sepia officinalis: Modelling variability in abundance and impact of the fishery. Fisheries Research, 78(1), 96–106.
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Royer, J., Pierce, J., Foucher, E., & Robin, J. - P. (2006). The English Channel stock of Sepia officinalis: Modelling variability in abundance and impact of the fishery. Fisheries Research, 78(78), 96–106.
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Challier, L., Dunn, M. - R., & Robin, J. - P. (2005). Trends in age-at-recruitment and juvenile growth of cuttlefish, Sepia officinalis, from the English Channel. ICES J. Mar. Sci., 62, 1671–1682.
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Challier, L., Royer, J., Pierce, G. - J., Bailey, N., Roel, B., & Robin, J. - P. (2005). Environmental and stock effects on recruitment variability in the English Channel squid Loligo forbesi. Aquatic Living Resources, 18(4), 353–360.
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De Pierrepont, J. - F., Dubois, B., Desormonts, S., Santos, M-B, & Robin, J. - P. (2005). Stomach contents of English Channel cetaceans stranded on the coast of Normandy. J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K, 85(6), 1539–1546.
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Pierce, G. - J., Portela, J., & Robin, J. - P. (2005). Environmental Effects on Cephalopod Life-History and Fisheries. Special issue Editorial. Aquat. Living Resour, 18, 325–326.
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Young, I. - A. - G., Pierce, G. - J., Daly, H. - I., Santos, M. - B., Key, L. - N., Bailey, N., et al. (2004). Application of depletion methods to estimate stock size in the squid Loligo forbesi in Scottish waters (UK). Fisheries Research, 69(2), 211–227.
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Wang, J., Pierce, G. - J., Boyle, P. - R., Denis, V., Robin, J. - P., & Bellido, J. - M. (2003). Spatial and temporal patterns of cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) abundance and environmental influences – a case study using trawl fishery data in French Atlantic coastal, English Channel, and adjacent waters. ICES J. Mar. Sci., 60(5), 1149–1158.
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Arvanitidis, C., Koutsoubas, D., Robin, J. - P., Pereira, J., Moreno, A., Cunha, M. - M., et al. (2002). A comparison of the fishery biology of three Illex coindetii Venary, 1839 (Cephalopoda: Ommastraephidae) populations from the European Atlantic and Mediterranean waters. Bulletin of Marine Science, 71(1), 129–146.
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Challier, L., Royer, J., & Robin, J. - P. (2002). Variability in age-at-recruitment and early growth in English Channel Sepia officinalis described with statolith analysis. Aquating Living Resources, 15(5), 303–311.
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Denis, V., Lejeune, J., & Robin, J. - P. (2002). Spatio-temporal analysis of commercial trawler data using General Additive models: patterns of Loliginid squid abundance in the north-east Atlantic. ICES J. Mar. Sci., 59(3), 633–648.
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Moreno, A., Pereira, J., Arvanitidis, C., Robin, J. - P., Koutsoubas, D., Perales-Raya, C., et al. (2002). Biological variation of Loligo vulgaris (Cephalopoda: Loliginidae) in the Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean. Bulletin of Marine Science, 71, 515–534.
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Robin, J. - P., Denis, V., Royer, J., & Challier, L. (2002). Recruitment, growth and reproduction in Todaropsis eblanae (Baal, 1841), in the area fished by French Atlantic trawlers. Bulletin of Marine Science, 71(1), 3–7,711–724.
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Royer, J., Périès, P., & Robin, J. - P. (2002). Stock assessments of English Channel loliginid squids: updated depletion methods and new analytical methods. ICES Journal of Marine Science,, (59).
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Daly, H. - I., Pierce, G. - J., Santos, M. - B., Royer, J., Cho, S. - K., Stowasser, G., et al. (2001). Cephalopod consumption by trawl caught fish in Scottish and English Channel waters. Fisheries Research, 52(1-2), 51–64.
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Denis, V., & Robin, J. - P. (2001). Present status of the French Atlantic fishery for cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis). Fisheries Research, 52(1-2), 11–22.
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Pierce, G. - J., Wang, J., Zheng, X., Bellido, J. - M., Boyle, P. - R., Denis, V., et al. (2001). A cephalopod fishery GIS – for the Northeast Atlantic: development and application. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 15(8), 763.
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Robin, J. - P., & Denis, V. (1999). Squid Stock Fluctuations and Water Temperature: Temporal Analysis of English Channel Loliginidae. Journal of Applied Ecology, 36(1), 101–110.
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Sauriau, P. - G., Robin, J. - P., & Marchand, J. (1994). Effects of the excessive enrichment of the Loire Estuary on the migratory patterns of the amphihaline grey mullet (Liza ramada). Estuar. Coast. Shelf Sci, , 349–356.
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Robin, J. - P. (1992). The Brown Shrimp Fishery of the Loire Estuary: Production and by-catch of juvenile fish. Fisheries Research, 13(2), 153–172.
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Robin, J. - P. (1991). Assessment of juvenile flounder catches at the Cordemais Power Station water intake in the Loire Estuary, France. Neth. J. Sea Res, 27(3-4), 317–323.
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Robin, J. - P. (1990). By-catch of juvenile flounder, Platichthys flesus L. 1758, in the glass-eel fishery of the Loire Estuary, FranceLes prises accessoires de flets, Platichthys flesus L. 1758, occasionnées par la pêche de la civelle en Loire, France. Aquatic Living Resources, 3(2), 75–83.
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Robin, J. - P. (1988). Comparative analysis of the effect of a power station and of small-mesh fisheries on the juvenile populations of smelt and flounder in the Loire estuary: presentation of methods. J.Fish Biol, 33(Supplement A), 243–244.
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 Last meetings attended :

• CIAC 2012 Symposium (Florianopolis, Brazil, 27 Oct - 2 Nov. 2012)

Chairman of the workshop : "Habitats and Behaviour of Cephalopod Key Life-Stages"

Biological variation in coastal stages of the English Channel common cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) and fishery implications. J-P. Robin, M. Gras, K. Grangeré, C. Caplat, P. Shaw , E. Jackson, I. Bloor, B. Roel, F. Coppin (oral by J-P. Robin)

Combining tools to allow direct studies of early life stages of Loliginid squid in the wild : the epibenthic sled and individual DNA bar-coding. J-P. Robin & P. Shaw (poster)

• ICES 2010 ASC (Nantes, France, 20-24 Sept. 2010)

Inshore spawning habitats for English Channel cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) : preliminary observations of substratum chosen by female to attach their eggs. Bloor I.. F. Bezin, Robin J.P.,, Jackson E. ICES CM 2010/I16 (poster)

Recent trends in fishing effort by French otter bottom trawl in the English Channel and consequences on Cephalopod resources. Gras M., Quinquis J., Foucher E., Robin J.P. ICES CM 2010/G37 (poster)

English Channel cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) stock structure in the reproduction period. Gras M., Goetz O., Lepoittevin J., Robin J.P. ICES CM 2010/GS16 (oral by M. Gras)

• 9e Forum Halieumétrique (IFREMER Centre de Brest. 30 juin, 1er et 2 juillet 2009)

Ecologie trophique du calmar Loligo vulgaris (Lamarck, 1799) (Mollusca : Cephalopoda) étudiée à partir des isotopes stables : variation ontogénique et spatial du régime alimentaire en Atlantique du Nord-Est. B. Martin, S. Lefebvre, J. Pereira, M. Santurtún, J.-P. Robin (oral par B. Martin)

• CIAC 09 Symposium (Cephalopod International Advisory Council 3-11 Sept. 2009, Vigo Espagne)

+ Cephalopod Recruitment from English Channel Spawning Habitats (CRESH) : rationale, objectives and feasibility of a new EU funded project. Robin J.P., Jackson E., Robbins T. , Shaw P., Roel B.A. , Carpentier A. , Foucher E. , Legrand V. , Attrill M. (oral par J.P. Robin)

+Trophic ecology of the squid Loligo vulgaris (Lamarck, 1799) (Mollusca : Cephalopoda) using stable isotopes : ontogenic and spatial changes in food regime in the North-east Atlantic. Robin J.P., Martin B., Lefebvre S. , Pereira J. , Santurtún M. (oral par J.P. Robin)

+ Gear trials in search of Cephalopod paralarvae in the Bay of Seine : vertical distribution of planctonic stages. Bouali A., Moreno A. , Robin J.P. (Poster)

• 2010 International Cephalopod Fishery Symposium (organised by China Zhejiang Ocean University in the city of Zhoushan (13-15 May 2010)

+ Cephalopod Stocks in the North-Eastern Atlantic : population assessments by ICES partners. Robin J.P. (invited speaker)


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