Professor Marion Petrie
Professor of Behavioural Ecology

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  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1113
  • Fax: +44 (0) 191 208 1101
  • Address: Evolutionary Biology Group,
    Ageing Research Laboratories,
    Institute for Ageing and Health,
    Newcastle University,
    Campus for Ageing and Vitality,
    Newcastle upon Tyne,
    NE4 5PL

Roles and Responsibilities

IAH Post-graduate coordinator


BSc Biology University of Sussex 1975
PhD University of East Anglia 1982

Previous Positions

NERC Advanced Research Fellow, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, 1990-1995


International Society for Behavioural Ecology (former elected secretary)
Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (former council member)

Honours and Awards

Corresponding Fellow American Ornithologists' Union

Informal Interests

Cooking for friends

Former students include:_

Research Interests

Sexual selection
Maintenance of genetic variation
Evolution of evolvability
Evolution of Ageing and cell death
Mate choice for MHC haplotypes
Evolution of sex ratios
Mechanisms of sex ratio adjustment
Kin selection
Kin recognition and the avoidance of inbreeding

Postgraduate Supervision

Former Student: Professor Michael Jennions ANU
Former Student: Dr Tom Pike, Senior Lecturer, Lincoln University

Esteem Indicators

Chair Evolution and Ecology grant awarding panel, Research Council of Norway

Member Ecology and Evolution panel, Academy of Finland

Scientific advisor for Centres of excellence in Evolution and Ecology, Finland

NERC Fellowships panel member 

Expert evaluator for the Research Council of Norway Centres of Excellence