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Staff Profile

Emerita Professor Marion Petrie

Emeritus Professor


Roles and Responsibilities

  • CAV Regional Research Student Adviser

Area of expertise

  • Evolutionary biology


  • 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

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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


BMS 2014 Biology of Ageing Module leader and lecturer

BMS 2058 Evolution Lecturer