Anne Magurran

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Anne Elizabeth Magurran
Born 1955
Residence Scotland
Fields Population biology
Institutions St. Andrews University
Alma mater D.Phil., University of Ulster
Known for Brushing off Piranha attacks as toothless folklore.[citation needed]
Notable awards Scientific Medal, Zoological
Society of London (1994)

Anne Elizabeth Magurran is a population biologist at St. Andrews University in Scotland. She obtained her Ph.D. at the University of Ulster and was a postdoctoral fellow at the universities of Bangor and Oxford. She is the author of several important books on biological diversity and its quantification, as essential for biological conservation.

She has worked with Robert May and other leading biologists, including Helder Queiroz, whom she advised. Her projects are on tropical freshwater fish communities in the Neotropics and India.


  • Magurran, Anne E. (1988). Ecological Diversity and Its Measurement. Princeton: Princeton University Press. ISBN 9780691084916. 
  • Magurran, A. E. 2004. Measuring biological diversity. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing. ISBN 0-632-05633-9
  • Magurran, Anne E. (2005). Evolutionary Ecology: The Trinidadian Guppy. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0198527853. 
  • Magurran, A. E. & R. M. May (eds.). 1999. Evolution of Biological Diversity. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-850304-0.