Chris Perrins

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Chris Perrins

Born (1935-05-11) 11 May 1935 (age 85)[1]
EducationCharterhouse School
Alma mater
Mary Ceresole Carslake
(m. 1963)
AwardsGodman-Salvin Medal[when?]
Scientific career
ThesisSome factors influencing brood-size and populations in tits (1963)
Doctoral advisorDavid Lack[2]
Doctoral students

Christopher Miles Perrins, LVO FRS[5] (born 11 May 1935)[1][6] is Emeritus Fellow of the Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology at the University of Oxford, Emeritus Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford[7] and Her Majesty's Warden of the Swans since 1993.[1][7][8]


Perrins was educated at Charterhouse School and Queen Mary College[1] where he was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology in 1957.[1] He completed his postgraduate study and research at the University of Oxford where he was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1963 for research on brood size in tits supervised by David Lack.[2]

Research and career[edit]

Perrins research interests are in the population dynamics and breeding biology of birds, particularly tits (Paridae),[2][9] mute swans[10][11] and seabirds on Skomer and Skokholm.[7][12][13] He investigated animal lead poisoning of swans from lead shot.[12] He is renowned for his work on avian population ecology and, in particular, reproductive rates. He has made a number of important contributions to the long-term study of the great tit at Wytham Woods[14] — an area of mixed woodland established in 1947 by evolutionary biologist David Lack – one of the most famous studies in population ecology.[5]

He was the first to discover that avian clutch size – the number of eggs laid in a single nesting – in great tits has a remarkably high heritability and that the likelihood of the survival of young birds can be traced back to nutrition in the nest.[5] Perrins also demonstrated that females lay a clutch of an appropriate size for their ability to feed.[5][15] He supervised several successful DPhil students at Oxford including Matt Ridley[4] and Tim Birkhead.[3]

According to Scopus,[16] As of 2016 his most cited journal articles have been published in Ibis,[17][18] Nature,[19] Science[9] and the Journal of Animal Ecology.[20]


  • British Tits[21]
  • Encyclopedia of Birds[22]
  • The Mute Swan[23]
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Birds: The Definitive Guide to Birds of the World: Christopher M. Perrins Hardline (1990) ISBN 978-0747202776
  • Bird Population Studies: Relevance to Conservation and Management: (Oxford Ornithology Series) by Christopher M. Perrins, G. J. Hirons and J. D. Lebreton (1996) ISBN 978-0198540823
  • The Birds of the Western Palearctic, Volume 1: Non-passerines David Snow, Christopher M. Perrins and Robert Gillmor (1998) Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0198501879
  • The Birds of the Western Palearctic, Volume 2: by David Snow, Christopher M. Perrins and Robert Gillmor (1998) Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0198501886
  • The New Encyclopedia of Birds: Editor, (2003) Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0198525066
  • The Complete Encyclopedia of Birds and Bird Migration: Jonathan Elphick: Christopher M. Perrins (2004) ISBN 978-0785816676

Awards and honours[edit]

Perrins has received a number of awards for his research, including the Godman-Salvin Medal of the British Ornithologists' Union in 1988, and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Medal in 1992.[citation needed] In 1993, he was appointed as the first Warden of the Swans in the Royal Household, playing an important role in the annual Swan Upping ceremony. This was a new office in the Royal Household of the Sovereign of the United Kingdom, created in 1993. Other awards and honours include:[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Anon (1992). "Perrins, Prof. Christopher Miles". Who's Who. (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.30593. (subscription or UK public library membership required) (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b c Perrins, Christopher Miles (1963). Some factors influencing brood-size and populations in tits (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. OCLC 44835614. EThOS
  3. ^ a b Birkhead, Timothy Robert (1976). Breeding biology and survival of guillemots (Uria aalge). (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. OCLC 44837387. EThOS Free to read.
  4. ^ a b Ridley, Matthew White (1983). Mating system of the pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. OCLC 52225811. EThOS
  5. ^ a b c d e Anon (1997). "Professor Christopher Perrins LVO FRS". London: Archived from the original on 17 November 2015. One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from the website where:

    "All text published under the heading 'Biography' on Fellow profile pages is available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License." --"Royal Society Terms, conditions and policies". Archived from the original on 25 September 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2016.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)

  6. ^ "Weekend birthdays", The Guardian, p. 52, 10 May 2014
  7. ^ a b c d Perrins, Chris (2015). "Professor Chris Perrins LVO FRS". Oxford: University of Oxford. Archived from the original on 28 March 2015.
  8. ^ Christopher Perrins, Professor of Zoology at Oxford University talks about Swan Upping on YouTube
  9. ^ a b Charmantier, A.; McCleery, R. H.; Cole, L. R.; Perrins, C.; Kruuk, L. E. B.; Sheldon, B. C. (2008). "Adaptive Phenotypic Plasticity in Response to Climate Change in a Wild Bird Population". Science. 320 (5877): 800–803. doi:10.1126/science.1157174. PMID 18467590.
  10. ^ Charmantier, A.; Perrins, C.; McCleery, R. H.; Sheldon, B. C. (2006). "Quantitative genetics of age at reproduction in wild swans: Support for antagonistic pleiotropy models of senescence". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 103 (17): 6587–6592. doi:10.1073/pnas.0511123103. PMC 1458927. PMID 16618935. open access
  11. ^ Mccleery, R. H.; Perrins, C. M.; Wheeler, D.; Groves, S. (2006). "The effect of breeding status on the timing of moult in Mute Swans Cygnus olor". Ibis. 149 (1): 86–90. doi:10.1111/j.1474-919X.2006.00596.x.
  12. ^ a b Perrins, Chris (2016). "Oxford Alumni: Professor Chris Perrins". Oxford: University of Oxford. Archived from the original on 21 July 2016.
  13. ^ Ropert-Coudert, Yan; Guilford, Tim; Freeman, Robin; Boyle, Dave; Dean, Ben; Kirk, Holly; Phillips, Richard; Perrins, Chris (2011). "A Dispersive Migration in the Atlantic Puffin and Its Implications for Migratory Navigation". PLOS ONE. 6 (7): e21336. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0021336. PMC 3140476. PMID 21799734. open access
  14. ^ Savill, Peter; Perrins, Christopher; Kirby, Keith; Fisher, Nigel (2011). Wytham Woods: Oxford's Ecological Laboratory. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 282. doi:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199605187.001.0001. ISBN 9780199605187. Archived from the original on 23 August 2016.
  15. ^ Dean, B.; Freeman, R.; Kirk, H.; Leonard, K.; Phillips, R. A.; Perrins, C. M.; Guilford, T. (2012). "Behavioural mapping of a pelagic seabird: combining multiple sensors and a hidden Markov model reveals the distribution of at-sea behaviour". Journal of the Royal Society Interface. 10 (78): 20120570–20120570. doi:10.1098/rsif.2012.0570. PMC 3565783. PMID 23034356. open access
  16. ^ Chris Perrins's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  17. ^ Perrins, C. M. (2008). "Tits and their caterpillar food supply". Ibis. 133: 49–54. doi:10.1111/j.1474-919X.1991.tb07668.x.
  18. ^ Perrins, C. M. (2008). "Eggs, egg formation and the timing of breeding". Ibis. 138 (1): 2–15. doi:10.1111/j.1474-919X.1996.tb04308.x.
  19. ^ Pettifor, R. A.; Perrins, C. M.; McCleery, R. H. (1988). "Individual optimization of clutch size in great tits". Nature. 336 (6195): 160–162. doi:10.1038/336160a0.
  20. ^ Noordwijk, A.J. Van; McCleery, R.H.; Perrins, C.M. (1995). "Selection for the Timing of Great Tit Breeding in Relation to Caterpillar Growth and Temperature". The Journal of Animal Ecology. 64 (4): 451. doi:10.2307/5648.
  21. ^ British Tits (1979) Collins New Naturalist Series ISBN 978-0002195379
  22. ^ Encyclopedia of Birds (1985) Christopher M. Perrins and A.L.A. Middleton, Facts on File Inc ISBN 978-0816011506
  23. ^ The Mute Swan (1986) Helm Field Guides, Birkhead M. Perrins C. ISBN 978-0709932598