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Department of Zoology

Professor Rebecca Kilner, Director - Museum of Zoology

We are absolutely delighted to congratulate Professor Rebecca Kilner on being elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Becky is one of the leading lights working on the evolution of animal behaviour, and how behaviour then affects the pace and scope of subsequent evolutionary change. Using experimental evolution, her current work investigates how quickly populations can adapt when environmental conditions change.

Her work is challenging traditional evolutionary theory and provides significant insight into understanding biodiversity, species loss, and the impact that could have on society.

On hearing of her election to the Fellowship Professor Kilner said:

“I’m astonished, honoured, and delighted to be elected FRS. This honour is shared with everyone I have ever worked with. Science is a team effort and I’ve been incredibly lucky to collaborate with brilliant colleagues throughout my career.”

She is currently the Director of the University Museum of Zoology and President of the International Society for Behavioural Ecology.

The Royal Society is a self-governing Fellowship made up of the most eminent scientists, engineers and technologists from the UK and the Commonwealth.  The Society’s fundamental purpose is to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and encourage the development and use of science to benefit humanity.

Royal Society announcement