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Hi there! My name is Robyn Womack, and I’m a twenty-something zoology fanatic and PhD student based in Glasgow, UK and originally from the Isle of Wight. I have a broad interest in everything zoological – from palaeontology to parasitology.

Writing & Journalism

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I am currently a member of the University of Glasgow’s postgraduate research blog team, writing and editing posts on a range of topics aimed at PhD students at the university. I have also written a number of articles surrounding my research and would like to sink my teeth into general science writing in the near future.

Articles:

Feeling Stressed? Top tips for feeling less overwhelmed this winter – UofG PGR Blog, December 2017

How do Birds Tell the Time? – The Countryman Magazine, 2017

Why Malaria Parasites Keep Track of Time – the GIST Magazine, May 2017

The Early Bird Catches the Worm – New Nature Online, January 2017

How is Life in the City Affecting our Birds? – Activisionary Online, 2015

Science Communications & Outreach

I am an active member of the science community on Twitter (@RobynJWomack), from chatting about birds and biological clocks via rotation accounts such as #SciParty (2017), and BioTweeps (2017), to moderating and presenting during the first Twitter conference of the British Ornithologists’ Union (December 2017). The recent hashtag #ReviewforScience, where hundreds of scientists on Twitter shared their uses for everyday items in their research, was coined by Dani Rabaiotti after my tweet about a tea strainer review went viral. The response to the hashtag was subsequently covered by the Washington Post, BBC Radio Four, Science Magazine and Teen Vogue, among others!

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Ringing a Goldcrest during a demonstration at MoSSFest (2017)

I also enjoy science outreach outside of the Internet – taking part in events such as the Middle of Scotland Science Festival (2017) doing a bird ringing demonstration and as a speaker at Pint of Science (2018). I am part of a team running monthly nature-themed sessions for kids age 5-13 at the RSPB Lochwinnoch Explorers. We run activities on a wide range of topics, from slugs and snails to dinosaurs!

 

 

 

 

Research & Teaching

After graduating in Zoology from Aberystwyth University, I continued on to study my PhD at the University of Glasgow. I research the biological clocks of birds, and particularly how the mechanisms of the avian body clock interact with features of the environment, such as light pollution.

My research involves a large nest box system at the Scottish Centre for Ecology and the Natural Environment (SCENE) and a range of field skills from mist-netting and ringing birds (as a BTO trainee) to blood sampling. I also have other previous experience in the field from volunteering on a conservation project (2014), as an avian ecology research assistant for the Madrid Natural History Museum (2015) and at my local zoo.

I have been involved in the supervision of student projects and also worked as a graduate teaching assistant on tutorials covering animal diversity and environmental biology topics.

I have also been involved in a publication on quantitative genetics in salmon species (Jacobs et al., 2017).

Speaking

Avian Genomics Symposium – European Ornithology Union in Turku, Finland (2017), Aberystwyth University Seminar Speaker (April 2018)

Contact

If you’d like to get in contact with me you can do so via email: robynwomack@outlook.com

Alternatively, you can find me on Twitter at @RobynJWomack.

 

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