Working papers

Maier, R.M. et al. Improving genetic prediction by leveraging genetic correlations among human diseases and traits. Under review

Tropf, F.C. et al. Mega-analysis quantifies ‘hidden heritability’ for human reproductive behaviour and education due to heterogeneity across seven populations. Under review

Zhu, Z-H., et al. Causal associations between risk factors and common diseases inferred from GWAS summary data. Under review

Sanjak, J.S., et al. Evidence of directional and stabilising selection in contemporary humans. Under review

Reger, J.C., et al. Predation drives local adaptation of phenotypic plasticity. Under review


Robinson, M.R., English, G., Moser, G., Lloyd-Jones, L.R., Triplett, M.A., Zhu, Z., Nolte, I.M., van Vliet-Ostaptchouk, J.V., Snieder, H., The LifeLines Cohort Study, Esko, T., Milani, L., Mägi, R., Metspalu, A., Magnusson, P.K.E., Pedersen, N.L., Ingelsson, E., Johannesson, M., Yang, J., Cesarini, D. & Visscher, P.M. Genotype-covariate interaction effects and the heritability of adult body mass index. Nature Genetics

Maier, R.M., Visscher, P.M., Robinson, M.R. & Wray, N.R. Embracing polygenicity: A review of methods and tools for psychiatric genetics research. Psychological Medicine in press

Yengo, L., et al. Detection and quantification of inbreeding depression for complex traits from SNP data. PNAS in press

Garton, F.C., Benyamin, B., Zhao, Q., Liu, Z., Gratten, J., Henders, A.K., Zhang, Z-H., Edson, J., Furlong, S., Morgan, S., Heggie, S., Thorpe, K., Pfluger, C., Mather, K.A., Sachdev, P.S., McRae, A.F., Robinson, M.R., Shah, S., Visscher, P.M., Mangelsdorf, M., Henderson, R.D., Wray, N.R. & McCombe, P.A. An approach to Whole Exome Sequencing and DNA methylation in a clinical Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis cohort. Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine online early doi:10.1002/mgg3.302

Lloyd-Jones, L., Robinson, M.R., Moser, G., Beleza, S., Barsh, G., Hua Tang, H. & Visscher, P.M. Inference on the genetic architecture of eye and skin colour in an admixed population via Bayesian linear mixed models. Genetics .

Robinson, M.R., Kleinman, A., Graff, M., Vinkhuyzen, A.A.E., Couper, D., Miller, M.B., Peyrot, W.J., Abdellaoui, A., Zietsch, B.P., Nolte, I.M., van Vliet-Ostaptchouk, J.V., Snieder, H., The LifeLines Cohort Study, Genetic Investigation of Anthropometric Traits (GIANT) consortium, Medland, S.E., Martin, N.G., Magnusson, P.K.E., Iacono, W.G., McGue, M., North, K.E., Yang, J., & Visscher, P.M. Genetic evidence of mating for height and body mass index in humans. Nature Human Behaviour 1, 16.


Chen, G.B., Lee, S.H., Zhu, Z-H., Benyamin, B. & Robinson, M.R. EigenGWAS: finding loci under selection through genome-wide association studies of eigenvectors in structured populations. Heredity 117, 51–61

Peyrot, W.J., Robinson, M.R., Penninx, B.W.J.H. & Wray, N.R. Defining boundaries for the genetic consequences of assortative mating for psychiatric traits. JAMA Psychiatry 73, 1189-1195.

van Rheenen, W., Shatunov, A., Dekker, A., McLaughlin, R., Diekstra, F., Pulit, S., van der Spek, R., Võsa, U., de Jong, S., Robinson, M.R., et al. Novel risk variants and the genetic architecture of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Nature Genetics 48, 1043-1048.

Chen, G.B., Lee, S.H., Robinson, M.R. et al. Across-cohort QC analyses of genome-wide association study summary statistics from complex traits. European Journal of Human Genetics 25, 137-146

Zhu, Z., Zhang, F., Hu, H., Bakshi, A., Robinson, M.R. et al. (2016) Integration of summary data from GWAS and eQTL studies predicts complex trait gene targets. Nature Genetics 48, 481-487.


Robinson, M.R. et al. (2015) Population genetic differentiation of height and BMI across Europe. Nature Genetics, 47,1357–1362.

Yang, J., Bakshi, A., Zhu Z., Hemani, G., Vinkhuyzen, A.A.E., Lee, S.H., Robinson, M.R. et al. (2015) Genetic variance estimation with imputed variants finds negligible missing heritability for human height and body mass index. Nature Genetics 47, 1114-1120.

Adams, M.J., Robinson, M.R., Mannarelli, M.E., & Hatchwell, B. (2015) Social genetic and social environment effects on parental and helper care in a cooperatively breeding bird. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 282: 20150689.

Santure, A.W., Poissant, J., De Cauwer I., van Oers, K., Robinson, M.R., et al. (2015) Replicated analysis of the genetic architecture of quatitative traits in two wild great tit populations. Molecular Ecology. 24: 6148-6162.

​2014 and before

Robinson M.R., Wray N.R. and Visscher P.M. (2014) Explaining genetic variation in complex traits. Trends in Genetics, 30: 124-132.

Robinson, M.R. & Qvarnström, A. (2014) The influence of the environment on sexual selection in wild populations. In: The environment and sexual selection. Eds. Hunt, J and Hoskin, D.

Teplitski, C., Robinson, M.R. & Merila, J. (2014) Multivariate evolutionary potential. In: Quantitative Genetics in Naturally Occurring Populations. In: Quantitative Genetics in the Wild. Eds. Charmantier, A, Kruuk, L.E.B., Garant, D.

Robinson, M.R. & Beckerman, A.P. (2013) Quantifying multivariate plasticity: genetic variation in resource acquisition drives plasticity in resource allocation to components of life history. Ecology Letters 16(3): 281-290.

Robinson, M.R., Santure, A., Sheldon, B. & Slate, J. (2013) Partitioning of genetic variation across the genome using multimarker methods in a wild bird population. Molecular Ecology, 22, 3963-3980.

Santure, A.W., De Cauwer I., Robinson, M.R., Poissant J., Sheldon, B.C. & Slate, J. (2013) Molecular dissection of clutch size and egg mass in a wild great tit (Parus major) population. Molecular Ecology, 22(15): 3949-3962.

Robinson, M.R., Van Doorn, G., Gustafsson, L. & Qvarnström, A. (2012) Environment-dependent selection on mate choice in a natural population of birds. Ecology Letters 15, 611-618.

Robinson, M.R., U Mar, K. & Lummaa, V. (2012) Senescence and age-specific trade-offs between reproduction and survival in female Asian elephants. Ecology Letters, 15, 260-266.

Robinson, M.R. (2011) Understanding intrasexual competition and sexual selection requires an evolutionary ecology framework. Behavioural Ecology, 22, 1143-1144.

Robinson, M.R., Pilkington, J.G., Clutton-Brock, T.H., Pemberton, J.M. & Kruuk, L.E.B. (2009). The impact of early environmental heterogeneity on genetic architecture in a wild population of Soay sheep. Genetics 181, 1639-1648.

Robinson, M.R., Pilkington, J.G., Clutton-Brock, T.H., Pemberton, J.M. & Kruuk, L.E.B. (2008). Environmental heterogeneity generates fluctuating selection on a secondary sexual trait. Current Biology 18, 1-7.

Robinson, M.R., & Kruuk, L.E.B. (2007). Function of weaponry in females: the use of horns in intra-sexual competition for resources in female Soay sheep. Biology Letters 3, 651-654.

Robinson, M.R., Pilkington, J.G., Clutton-Brock, T.H., Pemberton, J.M. & Kruuk, L.E.B. (2006). Live fast, die young: Trade-offs between fitness components and sexually antagonistic selection, on weaponry in Soay sheep. Evolution, 60, 2168- 2181.