Staff Profile

Dwight Robinson, Pest Ecologist

Dr. Dwight Robinson

B.Sc., Ph.D. U.W.I.(Mona)
Tel: (+1 876) 927-1202, 927-2753, 935-8291/8292
Fax: (+1 876) 977-1075
Office: Block F, Rm 9

Dr. Robinson's research interests are in the field of Pest and Pesticide Management. He has conducted studies on pesticide contamination in the Jamaican environment, with emphasis on pesticide residue transport and levels in ground and surface water systems. In addition, he has investigated the integrated management of pests affecting coffee, cotton and citrus in Jamaica. He has also done work on organic production systems.

Dr. Robinson is currently involved in research on cocoa, coffee and yams, as well as pests associated with several vegetable crops. He was appointed Head of the Department in 2016.


  • BIOL1018 - Molecular Biology & Genetics
  • BIOL2401 - Research Skills and Practices in Biology
  • BIOL3405 - Pest Ecology and Management
  • BIOL3410 - Water Pollution
  • ENVR6405 - Management & Analysis of Environmental Data

Research Areas

  • Pest Ecology and Management
  • Genetic characteristics of Jamaican Crops
  • Organic Agriculture
  • Fate and persistence of pesticides in the Jamaican environment


  • Director of the Caribbean Academy of Science Jamaica
  • Chairman of the Pesticides Control Authority Pesticides Review Committee
  • Member of the National Plant Health Coordinating Committee, Jamaica
  • External Assessor for the Pesticides Control Authority


Selected publications: Peer-reviewed

  • Dwight E. Robinson. 2015. Bioaccumulation and tissue partitioning of Endosulfan by the Red Hybrid Tilapia. OnLine Journal of Biological Sciences. 15: (3) 97 - 103.
  • Ellis-Tabanor, Margelette, Dwight Robinson and Eric Hyslop. 2015. Bioactivity of the Alkaloids, Norharman and L-N-Methylcrotonosine/Linearisine. OnLine Journal of Biological Sciences. 15: (1) 30-35.
  • Dwight E. Robinson and Winroy Williams. 2015. Toxicity of Endosulfan to the Red Hybrid Tilapia. OnLine Journal of Biological Sciences. 15: (1) 6-9.
  • Fadia S. Ceccarelli, Dwight E. Robinson, Hans Clebsch, Alejandro Zaldívar-Riverón. 2014. Parasitoid wasps from three Jamaican localities: A pilot study. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 37: 127–135.
  • Robinson, Marsha A., Costas Zachariades, Dwight E. Robinson, Jane E. Cohen and Novie Younger. 2013. Field host range of Melanagromyza eupatoriella in Jamaica: an insect with potential as a biological control agent on Chromolaena odorata in South Africa. In: Zachariades C, Strathie LW, Day MD, Muniappan R (eds). Proceedings of the Eighth International Workshop on Biological Control and Management of Chromolaena odorata and other Eupatorieae, Nairobi, Kenya, 1-2 November 2010, pp 102-109
  • Ellis-Tabanor, M., Robinson D. and Hyslop, E. 2013. Molluscicidal and phytochemical properties of selected medicinal plants of Jamaica, W.I. The Natural Products Journal. 3: 182-188.
  • Williams, L.A.D., Robinson, D.E., Bailey-Shaw, Y.A., Smith, A. M., Junor, G.O., Green, C.E., Salmon, C. and Hibbert, S.L. 2013. Insecticidal activity of cantharidin and selected derivatives. Jamaica J. Sci. and Tech. Volume 21-24: 8-11.
  • Johnson, M.D., Levy, N.J., Kellermann, J.L and Robinson, D.E. 2009. Effect of shade and bird predation on arthropods and leaf damage on coffee farms in Jamaica’s Blue Mountains.  Agrofor. Syst. 76: 139-148.
  • Boyd, F., Tennant, P. F., Persad, G., Robinson, D.E. and McLaren, I. 2008. Student perceptions and outcomes of a WAC intervention exercise in an introductory biology course. Caribbean Journal of Education. 30: (2) 217-247.
  • Tennant, P. F., Robinson, D.E., Fisher, L., Bennett, S., Hutton, D., Coates-Beckford, P. and McLaughlin, W. 2008. Disease and pests of citrus (Citrus spp.). Tree and Forestry Science and Biotechnology. 3 (Special Issue) 81 - 107.
  • Robinson, D.E., Dalip, K.M. and McCook, G. 2007. The effect of Cephalonomia stephanoderis on infestations of the coffee berry borer in Jamaica. La Broca del Café en America Tropical: Hallazgus y Enfoques. J.F. Barrera, A. Garcia, V. Dominguez and C. Luna (eds). Sociedad Mexicana de Entomologia y El Colegio de la Frontera Sur. Mexico, p. 37- 42. ISBN 978-970-9712-43-8.
  • Robinson,D.E., Henry, C. and Mansingh, A. 2002. Ecotoxicity studies in Jamaican environment. II. Toxicity, bioaccumulation, elimination and tissue partitioning of dieldrin by the shrimp, Macrobrachium faustinum.  Env. Technol. 23 (11) 1275-1284.
  • Mansingh, A., Robinson, D.E., Henry, C. & Lawrence, V. 2000. Pesticide contamination of the Jamaican environment. II. Insecticide residues in the rivers and shrimps of Rio Cobre basin, 1982-1996. Env. Monit. & Assess. 63: 459-480.
  • Robinson, D.E., Mansingh, A. and Dasgupta, T.P. 1999. Fate and transport of ethoprophos in the Jamaican environment. Sc. Total Env. 237/238: 373-378
  • Witter, J.V., Robinson, D.E., Mansingh, A. and Dalip, K.M. 1999. Insecticide contamination of Jamaican environment. V. Island-wide rapid survey of residues in surface and ground water. Env. Monit. & Assess. 56: 257-267.
  • Robinson, D.E. and Mansingh, A. 1999. Insecticide contamination of Jamaican environment. IV. Transport of residues from coffee plantations in the Blue Mountains to coastal waters in eastern Jamaica. Env. Monit. & Assess. 54: 125-141.
  • Robinson, D.E., Mansingh, A. and Dasgupta, T. P. 1997. Fate of endosulfan in river and coastal waters of Jamaica. Proc. Int. Symp. on the Use of nuclear and related techniques for studying environmental behaviour of crop protection chemicals, IAEA, Vienna, July 1 - 5, 1996, p. 301-311.
  • Mansingh, A., Robinson, D.E. and Dalip, K.M. 1997. Insecticide contamination of the Jamaican environment. Trends in Anal. Chem. 16 (3): 115-123.
  • Mansingh, A., Robinson, D.E. and Wilson, A. 1995. Insecticide contamination of Jamaican environment. I. Pattern of fluctuations in residue levels in the rivers of Hope watershed during 1989 - 1991. Jamaica J. Sci. and Tech. 6: 52-67.
  • Reid, J. C. and Robinson, D.E. 1994. Assessment of different insecticides for the suppression of an outbreak of the coffee leaf miner, Perileucoptera coffeella in Jamaica, W. I. Turrialba. 44 (1): 112-116.

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