Robin developed her interest in animals and the environment growing up on her family's dairy farm in Maple, Ontario. She graduated from the University of Guelph in 2009 with a B.Sc. in Marine and Freshwater Biology and went on to work for different environmental organizations. She later returned to her agricultural roots and completed an Agriculture Diploma from the University of Guelph, Kemptville Campus in 2014.
It was while attending school in Kemptville that Robin first began working part-time as a research assistant for Dr. Trevor DeVries, eventually leading to a full time position after graduation. Robin began her MSc research with Dr. DeVries in 2015, focusing on the effects and mitigation of feed competition on the behaviour of lactating dairy cows.