Professor Terry Burke

School of Biosciences

Professor of Molecular Ecology

  • 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–Sheffield (1998-present)
  • (formerly known as Sheffield Molecular Genetics Facility)
  • Director, NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility [UK-wide] (2008–present)
  • Leverhulme Trust Research Fellow (2015–17)
Research interests

My research falls into three themes:

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

Journal articles

Professional activities and memberships
  • 2017 Chair, Molecular Ecology Prize Committee
  • 2017 Member, Institut Universitaire de France, professorial fellowships jury
  • 2016– Member, Royal Society Newton International Fellowship committee (Biological Sciences)
  • 2016– Member, University of Liverpool Centre for Genomic Research Science Advisory Board
  • 2015 Chair, NERC CDT in Smart and Autonomous Observation Systems for the Environmental Sciences – Assessment Panel
  • 2013 Member, NERC PRC Panels D&E Appointments Panel
  • 2012–15 Member, NERC Training Advisory Group
  • 2012 Member, STFC Global Challenges Concepts and Networks Panel
  • 2012 Member, Research Councils UK Capital Investment Strategic Framework External Advisory Group
  • 2010–13 Member, NERC Science and Innovation Strategy Board
  • 2010–13 Member, NERC Evaluation Advisory Group
  • Editorial Board International Journal of Evolutionary Biology 2009–
  • Editorial Board International Journal of Zoology 2008–
  • Editorial Review Board Conservation Genetics 2000–
  • Editorial Review Board Journal of Animal Ecology 2000–2003
  • Joint Founding Editor Molecular Ecology, 1992–95; Chief Editor 1996–99
  • Editorial Board Heredity 1991–1996
  • Head of Service, NERC Sheffield Molecular Genetics Facility, 1999-present
  • NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology Programme Development Group on Biodiversity, 1999-present
  • NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology Programme Review Group on Monitoring, Data, Assessment and Valuation, 1996-99
  • NERC Terrestrial Sciences Programme Review Committee, 1997-98
  • NERC Terrestrial Sciences Research Grants and Training Awards Committee, 1995-97
  • NERC Advisory Board on the Aberdeen Molecular Genetics in Ecology Initiative, 1995-99

Recent Invited Lectures include:

  • 2017 Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College.
  • 2016 Edward Grey Institute, U Oxford.
  • 2015 GeLIFES, U Groningen.
  • 2013 Celebration of Alec Jeffreys’ Career, U Leicester.
  • 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)
  • Speciation workshop, Losehill Hall. (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. (Plenary lecture) (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. (Plenary lecture) (2003)
  • Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland. (2003)
  • 4th International Symposium on Physiology and Behaviour of Wild and Zoo Animals, Berlin, Germany. (2002)
  • Wilhelmine Key Lecture, American Genetics Association, University of Yale, USA (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)
  • Co-organiser, Population Genetics Group Conference, University of Sheffield, January 2015.
  • Organiser, Population Genetics Group Conference, University of Sheffield, January 2001.