Professor Terry A Burke

Terry Burke

Tel: +44 (0)114 222 0096


Room B87, Alfred Denny Building

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BSc (1979) University of Wales, Bangor; PhD (1984) University of Nottingham
NERC Postdoctoral Research Fellow and "Special" Research Fellow, University of Leicester (1984-88)
SERC Advanced Research Fellow, University of Leicester (1988-90)
Royal Society University Research Fellow, University of Leicester (1990-93)
Lecturer and Reader in Zoology, University of Leicester (1993-97)
Professor of Molecular Ecology, University of Leicester (1997-98)
Professor of Molecular Ecology, University of Sheffield (1998-present)
Head, NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility (formerly known as Sheffield Molecular Genetics Facility) (1998-present)
2003-04 Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellow (2003-04)
Director, NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility [UK-wide] (2008-present)
Leverhulme Trust Research Fellow (2015-17)

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Key Research Interests

  • Mating systems and sexual selection
  • Ecological and evolutionary genetics
  • Molecular and quantitative genetics in birds

Professional Activities (1995 onwards)

Chair, NERC CDT in Smart and Autonomous Observation Systems for the Environmental Sciences - Assessment Panel (2015)
Member, NERC PRC Panels D&E Appointments Panel (2013)
Member, NERC Training Advisory Group (2012-2015)
Member, STFC Global Challenges Concepts and Networks Panel (2012)
Member, Research Councils UK Investment Strategic Framework External Advisory Group (2012)
Member, NERC Science and Innovation Strategy Board (2010-2013)
Member, NERC Evaluation Advisory Group (2010-2013)
Editorial Board: International Journal of Evolutionary Biology (2009-present)
Editorial Board: International Journal of Zoology (2008-present)
External Examiner, Department of Biology, University of Leicester (2002-2006)
Editorial Review Board: Conservation Genetics (2000–present)
Editorial Review Board : Journal of Animal Ecology (2000–2003)
Joint Founding Editor: Molecular Ecology (1992–1995); Chief Editor (1996–1999)
Head of Service, NERC The Molecular Genetics Facility - Sheffield (1999-present)
NERC Services and Facilities Tender Board (2004)
NERC Environmental Genomics Thematic Data Centre Evaluation Panel (2004)
DEFRA National Consultative Committee, Animal Genetic Resources (2001-2002)
Programme Development Group on Biodiversity, NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (1999-2003)
NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology Programme Review Group on Monitoring, Data, Assessment and Valuation (1996-1999)
NERC Terrestrial Sciences Programme Review Committee (1997-1998)
NERC Terrestrial Sciences Research Grants and Training Awards Committee (1995-1997)
NERC Advisory Board on the Aberdeen Molecular Genetics in Ecology Initiative (1995-1999)
Editorial Board: Heredity (1991-1996)

Invited Lectures

Co-organiser, Population Genetics Group Conference, University of Sheffield, January (2015)
Department of Biology, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. (2012) 175th Anniversary Symposium, Institute of Zoology, University of Greifswald, Germany (2011)
15th Annual Convention of ADNAT (Association for Promotion of  DNA Fingerprinting and Other Technologies), Hyderabad, India (2011)
Innovation in modelling insect-vector population and disease dynamics, Research and Policy for Infectious Disease Dynamics (RAPIDD) Workshop, Oxford (2010)
Workshop on Genome Mapping in Natural Bird Populations, Sigtuna, Sweden (2006)
Centre for Evolutionary Biology, University of Uppsala, Sweden (2004)
Symposium on Organisms Interacting with their Environment, University of Bristol (2004)
Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour, University of Sussex (2004)
Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Annual Rebellion, University of E Anglia (2004)
Symposium on Molecular Ecology – the Genomic Basis of Adaptations, University of Lund, Sweden (2003)
Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland (2003)
4th International Symposium on Physiology and Behaviour of Wild and Zoo Animals, Berlin, Germany (2002)
Organiser, Population Genetics Group Conference, University of Sheffield, January (2001)
Wilhelmine E. Key plenary lecture, American Genetics Association, Yale University, USA (2000)
VIII Congreso National y V Iberoamericano de Etología, Univ Granada, Spain (2000)
Department of Animal Genetics and Conservation, University of Porto, Portugal (1999); Institute of Ecology, Paris (1998)
Conference on Evolution and Behaviour of Birds, University of Queensland, Australia (1996)


APS220 Evolutionary Biology

APS260 Animal Diversity practical

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