My name is Robyn Womack and I am a naturalist and budding scientist from the Isle of Wight, UK.

Currently, I am a second-year PhD student at the University of Glasgow, investigating the biological clocks of wild birds in Scotland. Although my research focus is on birds, I have a broad interest in all things zoology, particularly evolutionary biology, ecology, physiology, entomology and palaeontology…the list goes on! The diversity of nature, and particularly the variety of different strategies that animals use to survive, is something that really fascinates me. I’m equally as excited by the life strategies of parasitic worms as I am about marine mammals!


Ph.D Candidate, MVLS Doctoral Training Partnership – University of Glasgow, Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine (2015-Present)

BSc. Zoology (Hons), First Class – Aberystwyth University, Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (2011-2014)

Training & Placements

  • Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Summer School, University of Oxford, UK (July 2016)
  • Cellular clocks: Developing a circadian assay for the measurement of daily rhythms in avian fibroblasts, Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Zürich, Switzerland (2016)
  • Comparative mapping of quantitative trait loci in salmonid fishesElmer Lab, IBAHCM, University of Glasgow, UK (2015)

Volunteer Placements

  • Field volunteer, Spotless starling (Sturnus unicolor) project – Behavioural Ecology and Endocrinology Group, MNCN, Madrid, Spain (June 2015)
  • Field survey volunteer for project “People & Pine Martens in Wales”, Coed y Brenin, Aberystwyth, Vincent Wildlife Trust (2013)
  • Animal Keeper Placement, Isle of Wight Zoo, UK (2013)
  • Volunteer, Seaview Wildlife Encounter, Isle of Wight, UK (2012)