Anne Magurran

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Anne Elizabeth Magurran CBE FRSE (born 1955) is a British Professor of ecology at University of St Andrews in Scotland.[1] She is the author of several books[1][2][3][4] on measuring biological diversity, and the importance for quantifying biodiversity for conservation. She has won numerous awards and honors, is regularly consulted for global assessments and analyses of biodiversity and conservation[2] and her research is often highlighted by journalists.[5][6]

Magurran has worked with Robert May and other leading biologists, including Helder Queiroz, whom she advised. Her research projects often focus are on tropical freshwater fish communities - specifically the Trinidadian guppy- in the Neotropics and India.[7]

Research and career[edit]

Magurran completed her PhD at the University of Ulster on the biological diversity of native woodlands in Ireland.[8] She then went on to complete postdoctoral work at Bangor University and the University of Oxford. Throughout her career she has used fish communities to study biodiversity, the evolution of biodiversity, and on the role of predation in the evolution of social behaviour. She is now a professor at the University of St Andrews, where she is the university's most cited female scientist.[9] Globally, she is the second most cited female ecologist [10] and evolutionary biologist.[11] She is an international counselor and advisor on issues of conservation related to biodiversity and engaged in the UN Convention on Biological Diversity[12] and in the World Economic Forum in 2018.[2][13]

Magurran was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2022 New Year Honours for services to biodiversity.[14]

Selected awards and honours[edit]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Magurran, Anne E. (1988). Ecological Diversity and Its Measurement. Princeton: Princeton University Press. ISBN 9780691084916.[1]
  • Magurran, A. E. 2004. Measuring biological diversity. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing. ISBN 0-632-05633-9[2]
  • Magurran, Anne E. (2005). Evolutionary Ecology: The Trinidadian Guppy. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0198527853.[7]
  • Magurran, A. E. & R. M. May (eds.). 1999. Evolution of Biological Diversity. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-850304-0.[4]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Anne Magurran - University of St Andrews". Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d Magurran, Anne E. (2004). Measuring Biological Diversity. Wiley. ISBN 9780632056330.
  3. ^ Magurran, Anne E.; McGill, Brian J. (18 November 2010). Biological Diversity: Frontiers in Measurement and Assessment. OUP Oxford. ISBN 9780199580668.
  4. ^ a b Magurran, Anne E.; Britain), Royal Society (Great (1999). Evolution of Biological Diversity. Current Biology. Vol. 20. Oxford University Press. pp. R545-6. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2010.05.016. ISBN 9780198503040. PMID 20641176. S2CID 37059779.
  5. ^ Muth, Felicity. "Disproving Hollywood Stereotypes: The Bare Bones of Piranha Behaviour". Scientific American Blog Network. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  6. ^ Mirsky, Steve. "Needed: Info on Biodiversity Change over Time". Scientific American. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  7. ^ a b Magurran, Anne E. (25 August 2005). Evolutionary Ecology: The Trinidadian Guppy. OUP Oxford. ISBN 9780198527855.
  8. ^ Magurran, Anne (2010). "Anne Magurran". Current Biology. 20 (13): R545–R546. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2010.05.016. PMID 20641176. S2CID 37059779.
  9. ^ "University of St Andrews organization profile". Google Scholar. Open Publishing. 24 June 2019. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  10. ^ "Citation numbers list in ecology". Google Scholar. Open Publishing. 24 June 2019. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  11. ^ "Citation numbers list in evolution". Google Scholar. Open Publishing. 24 June 2019. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  12. ^ Magurran, Anne E. (15 December 2010). "Q&A: What is biodiversity?". BMC Biology. 8 (1): 145. doi:10.1186/1741-7007-8-145. ISSN 1741-7007. PMC 3002324. PMID 21159210.
  13. ^ "World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2018 – Davos Summit". ERC: European Research Council. 8 January 2018. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  14. ^ "No. 63571". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 2022. p. N9.
  15. ^ "RSE Fellows included in The New Year Honours 2022". Royal Society of Edinburgh. 5 January 2022. Retrieved 27 January 2022.
  16. ^ "Admittance Day 2021". Royal Irish Academy. Retrieved 26 May 2021.
  17. ^ "Royal Society announces first round of prestigious Wolfson Research Merit Awards for 2012 | Royal Society". Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  18. ^ "Medals". Fisheries Society of the British Isles. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  19. ^ "Professor Anne Elizabeth Magurran FRSE". The Royal Society of Edinburgh. 19 May 2017. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  20. ^ "ZSL Awards". Zoological Society of London (ZSL). Retrieved 9 March 2019.