Year of Honorary Fellowship, 2018
Professor Rebecca Kilner is an evolutionary biologist from the Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge, a Fellow of Pembroke College and Director of the University’s Museum of Zoology.
Rebecca’s research investigates how social behaviour evolves, and how it then changes the course of evolution. Although she began her research career by studying birds, she saw the light about 15 years ago when she realised she could ask much more interesting evolutionary questions if she focused her work on insects. Her current research combines experimental evolution on laboratory populations of burying beetles with field experiments and population genomics.
Rebecca is President of the International Society for Behavioral Ecology (until 2022) and in 2010 received the Scientific Medal from the Zoological Society of London.