Professor Terry Burke

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Contact Details

Tel: +44 (0)114 222 0096
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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–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)

Professional Activities (1995 onwards):

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.
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Research Interests

My research falls into three themes:

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

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