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Lucinda Robinson

Ecological Sciences
Ecological Sciences
Research Assistant
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


Lucinda graduated in 1998 from Wye College University of London with a BSc (Hons) in Plant Sciences and has since worked in several commercial settings including novel fungicide testing (broadleaf crops), plant pathology field trials (cereals), and high throughput microsatellite selection of new wheat varieties.

Lucinda joined the Institute in 2007 as a research assistant in the Molecular Microbiology lab, initially working in the Soils group preparing and analysing soil DNA for the National Soils Inventory of Scotland (NSIS), and then moving to the Ecological Sciences department in 2015.

Lucinda’s work predominantly covers semi-quantitative and qualitative assessment of the soil microbiome, utilising a variety of techniques such as real-time quantitative PCR and next generation sequencing (NGS) for metagenomic analysis. Other techniques used include multiplex terminal restriction fragment polymorphism analysis (m-TRFLP), phospholipid fatty acid extract analysis (PLFA), and MicroResp™ (substrate-induced microbial respiration).

Lucinda also assists with sales and technical support for the MicroResp™ kit.  More details about the kit can be found on the MicroResp™ website:

Current research interests

  • Oceanic-Alpine biodiversity; Soil microbiome analysis of fungi, bacteria, and eukaryotes inhabiting Scotland’s Munros.
  • Flows of Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and pathogens through environment to food chain.
  • Drivers of Mycobacterium avium paratuberculosis (MAP) transmission from the environment to livestock.
  • Developing a method of genotyping Scotland’s Mountain hare population.
  • Freshwater quality monitoring using eDNA analysis.

Past research

  • Preparation of the National Soils Inventory of Scotland DNA archive.
  • Development of molecular techniques for soil forensic analysis.
  • Development of a molecular test for detecting meat fraud.
  • SARS-CoV-19 detection in the environment.



  • Taylor, Andy F. S.; Freitag, T.; Robinson, Lucinda J.; White, Duncan (2021) Advances in measuring soil health, Book chapter entitled "Characterisation of fungal communities and functions in agricultural soils"

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.