Tim Birkhead


A leading expert on ornithology and evolutionary biology, Tim Birkhead is Professor of Behavioural Ecology at Sheffield University and a Fellow of the Royal Society. He recently won the award of Bioscience Teacher of the Year from the UK Society of Biology in honour of three decades of inspirational teaching.  Bloomsbury published his brilliant and beautifully illustrated The Wisdom of Birds to terrific reviews and sales. Bloomsbury also published Bird Sense, a bestseller that sold translations in ten countries. Tim’s most recent book The Most Perfect Thing: the Inside (and Outside) of a Bird’s Egg (also Bloomsbury) was described by Sir David Attenborough as ‘Magnificent’.

Tim has won the Consul Cremer Prize and the British Trust for Ornithology and British Birds Bird Book of the Year Award (2009), and was elected Honorary Member of the American Ornithologists’ Union and the Linnaean Society of New York. Prizes include the Elliot Coues Medal, the ASAB (Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour) Medal, the Zoological Society of London Silver Medal (2014), the Eisenmann Medal (2016), the Godman-Salvin Medal (2016) and the Founders’ Medal of the Society for the Study of the History of Natural History (2016).

Tim’s TED lecture on the wisdom of birds has had over 1 million views.

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