Frank Robinson

Professor and Special Advisor to the Dean , Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Deans Office

Contact

Professor and Special Advisor to the Dean , Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Deans Office
Email
frank.robinson@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 990-7487
Address
2-14 Agriculture/Forestry Centre
9011 - 116 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2P5

Overview

About

Degree

PhD, University of Guelph

Job/Research Area

Poultry Management/Physiology, and Member of AVRI Council


Research

Major Responsibilities/Research Interests

Research interests focus on reproductive fitness of meat-type chickens and turkeys. His research program concerns determining the ideal target body weight for broiler breeder hens, as measured by conventional reproductive efficiency indicators such as egg production, fertility, and hatchability in addition to emphasis on egg laying sequence length and the recruitment of ovarian follicles into the large follicle hierarchy. The role of photoperiod manipulation in initiating sexual maturation is being studied in turkeys, broiler breeders and egg-type hens. Graduate students working with Dr. Robinson work closely with primary breeders of commercial poultry within and outside of Canada during their programs.


Teaching

Teaching Philosophy – “It’s a brand new day” I have been taught by the best, and I have had the opportunity to teach the best. Looking back, my successes in teaching are partly attributable to Sister Mary Clarence from Sister Act 2. Her classic line: “It’s a brand new day”, aptly frames my teaching philosophy. I strongly believe that students can be encouraged to visualize their potential by empowering them to take responsibility for their own learning through inquiry, each and every day. Put another way, good teachers, bring students to greater achievement through making every day a new beginning in a learning journey. For me, the power of positive leadership, housed in a positive and safe learning environment has made students realize that content is not always as important as the learning process in an University class. This philosophy has served me well as I try to coax my students out of the classroom into the community in which they will live after they leave my class. This can mean into agri-business, or into public communication venues. The students of Sister Act 2 realized that they were a collective group (a choir) about half way through the movie. I try to make sure that my students appreciate the power of the collective group by the second week of class. Later in the term they share their knowledge with the public as creatively as possible. In doing so, the learning circle encloses populations of other learners and brings them along on our journey. My most productive educational leadership takes this same philosophy to other educators to encourage them to step out of convention and embrace a “new day” as teachers. I try to lead by example, encouragement and by creating a positive and enjoyable learning climate.


I continue to learn from my teaching experiences. As I learn, I take new steps and I become more creative. I still have many more learning opportunities I want to experience, and that I want to have my student experience. In this way, for me to, every day is a brand new day.

Courses

AN SC 101 - Principles of Animal Agriculture

Principles and practices of modern animal production and management. Brief introduction to the structure of the livestock, poultry, and game ranching industries. Principles of animal management, breeding and feeding. Current issues in animal agriculture. Students gain direct experience with animals in production/research environments. Not to be taken if credit received for AN SC 200. Prerequisite: Biology 30.

Winter Term 2021
AN SC 479 - Integrative Project in Animal Science

A team-based capstone course exploring broad areas of animal agriculture. Students will work in groups with mentors on a project involving experiential learning and skill development related to the field.

Winter Term 2021
AN SC 499 - Integrative Project in Animal Health Science

A team-based capstone course exploring broad areas of animal health. Students will work in groups with mentors on a project involving experiential learning and skill development related to the field.

Winter Term 2021

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Publications

A data envelope analysis to assess factors affecting technical and economic efficiency of individual broiler breeder hens
Author(s): Romero, L. F., M. J. Zuidhof, S. R. Jeffrey, R. A. Renema, and F. E. Robinson
Publication Date: 2010
Publication: Poult. Sci.
Volume: 89
Page Numbers: 1769-1777

Characterization of energetic efficiency in adult broiler breeder hens
Author(s): Romero, L. F., M. J. Zuidhof, R. A. Renema, A. Naeima, and F. E. Robinson
Publication Date: 2009
Publication: Poult. Sci.
Volume: 88
Page Numbers: 227-235

Effect of reducing body weight variability on the sexual maturation and reproductive performance of broiler breeder females
Author(s): Romero, L. F., R. A. Renema, A. Naeima, M. J. Zuidhof, and F. E. Robinson
Publication Date: 2009
Publication: Poult. Sci.
Volume: 88
Page Numbers: 445-452

Effects of maternal energetic efficiency on egg traits, chick traits, broiler growth, yield, and meat quality
Author(s): Romero, L. F., M. J. Zuidhof, R. A. Renema, A. N. Naeima, F. E. Robinson
Publication Date: 2009
Publication: Poult. Sci.
Volume: 88
Page Numbers: 236-245

Nonlinear mixed models to study metabolizable energy utilization in broiler breeder hens
Author(s): Romero, L. F., M. J. Zuidhof, R. A. Renema, F. E. Robinson, and A. Naeima
Publication Date: 2009
Publication: Poult. Sci.
Volume: 88
Page Numbers: 1310-1320

Effect of Initial Full Feeding of Broiler Breeder Pullets on Carcass Development and Body Weight Uniformity
Author(s): ishnamazi, A., R. A. Renema, M. J. Zuidhof, and F. E. Robinson
Publication Date: 2008
Publication: J. of Appl. Poult. Res.
Volume: 17
Page Numbers: 505-514

Effects of Nutrient Density and Age at Photostimulation on Carcass Traits and Reproductive Efficiency in Fast- and Slow-Feathering Turkey Hens
Author(s): Renema, R. A., V. R. Sikur, V. R., F. E. Robinson, D. R. Korver, and M. J. Zuidhof
Publication Date: 2008
Publication: Poult. Sci.
Volume: 87
Page Numbers: 1897-1908

Relationship between chick conformation and quality measures with early growth traits in males of eight selected pure or commercial broiler breeder strains
Author(s): Wolanski, N.J., R.A. Renema, F.E. Robinson, V.L. Carney, and B. Fancher
Publication Date: 2006
Publication: Poultry Science
Volume: 85
Page Numbers: 1490-1497

The Influence of rearing light period and the use of broiler or broiler breeder diets on 42-day body weight, fleshing and flock uniformity in broiler stocks
Author(s): Griffin, A.M., R.A. Renema, F.E. Robinson, and M.J. Zuidhof
Publication Date: 2005
Publication: Journal of Applied Poultry Research
Volume: 4
Page Numbers: 204-216

Beak trimming in chickens: Historical, economical, physiological and welfare implications, and alternatives for preventing cannibalistic activity
Author(s): Jendral, M.J., and F.E. Robinson
Publication Date: 2004
Publication: Avian and Poult. Biol. Rev.
Volume: 15
Page Numbers: 9-23

Defining normal: Comparison of Feed Restriction and full feeding of female broiler breeders
Author(s): Renema, R.A., and F.E. Robinson
Publication Date: 2004
Publication: World’s Poult. Sci. J.
Volume: 60
Page Numbers: 511-525

Effects of feed withdrawal and livehaul on body weight, gut clearance, and contamination of broiler carcasses
Author(s): Zuidhof, M.J., R.H. McGovern, B.L. Schneider, J.J.R. Feddes, F.E. Robinson, D.R. Korver, and L.A. Goonewardene
Publication Date: 2004
Publication: Journal of Applied Poultry Research
Volume: 13
Page Numbers: 472-480

Effects of nutrient density on growth and carcass traits in fast- and slow-feathering female turkeys
Author(s): Sikur, V., F.E. Robinson, R.A. Renema, D.R. Korver, and M.J. Zuidhof
Publication Date: 2004
Publication: Poultry Science
Volume: 83
Page Numbers: 1507-1517

End-of-cycle bone quality in white- and brown-egg laying hens
Author(s): Riczu, C.M., J.L. Saunders-Blades, A.K. Ygvesson, F.E. Robinson, and D.R. Korver
Publication Date: 2004
Publication: Poultry Science
Volume: 83
Page Numbers: 375-383

End-of-season carcass and reproductive traits in original and replacement male broiler breeders
Author(s): Wolanski, N.J., R.A. Renema, F.E. Robinson and J.L. Wilson
Publication Date: 2004
Publication: Journal of Applied Poultry Research
Volume: 13
Page Numbers: 451-460

Hatchability and early chick growth potential of broiler breeder eggs with hairline cracks
Author(s): Robinson, F.E
Publication Date: 2004
Publication: Journal of Applied Poultry Research
Volume: 13
Page Numbers: 65-70

Implications of preslaughter feeding cues for broiler behavior and carcass quality
Author(s): Zuidhof, M.J., R.H. McGovern, B.L. Schneider, J.J.R. Feddes, F.E. Robinson, and D.R. Korver
Publication Date: 2004
Publication: Journal of Applied Poultry Research
Volume: 13
Page Numbers: 335-341

Effects of age at photostimulation on reproductive efficiency in three strains of broiler breeders varying in breast yield
Author(s): Joseph, N.S., F.E. Robinson, R.A. Renema, and M.J. Zuidhof
Publication Date: 2002
Publication: J. Aplied Poultry Res.
Volume: 11
Page Numbers: 308-319

Responses of two strains of female broiler breeders to a mid-cycle increase in photoperiod
Author(s): Joseph, N.S., F.E. Robinson, R.A. Renema, and M.J Zuidhof
Publication Date: 2002
Publication: Poultry Science
Volume: 81
Page Numbers: 745-754

The effects of age at photostimulation and dietary protein intake in three strains of broiler breeders varying in breast yield
Author(s): Joseph, N.A., A.A.J. Delaney, F.E. Robinson, R.A. Renema, and M.J. Zuidhof
Publication Date: 2002
Publication: Poultry Science
Volume: 81
Page Numbers: 597-608

Effects of body weight and feed allocation during sexual maturation in broiler breeder hens. 1. Growth and carcass characteristics
Author(s): Renema, R.A., F.E. Robinson, M. Newcombe, and R.I. McKay
Publication Date: 1999
Publication: Poultry Sc.
Volume: 78
Page Numbers: 619-628

Effects of body weight and feed allocation during sexual maturation in broiler breeder hens. 2. Ovarian morphology and plasma hormone profiles
Author(s): Renema, R.A., F.E. Robinson, J.A. Proudman, M. Newcombe, and R.I. McKay
Publication Date: 1999
Publication: Poultry Sc.
Volume: 78
Page Numbers: 629-639