Professor Lord Krebs Kt FRS FMedSci ML

Professor Lord Krebs Kt FRS FMedSci ML


Name: Professor Lord Krebs Kt FRS FMedSci ML
Position: Emeritus Professor of Zoology


Between 2005 and 2015 I was the Principal of Jesus College, Oxford University.  From 1988 to 2005 I held a Royal Society Research Professorship in the Edward Grey Institute.  I served as the first Chairman of the UK Food Standards Agency from 2000-2005 and as Chief Executive of the Natural Environment Research Council from 1994-1999.  Earlier in my career I was a Demonstrator in Ornithology at the EGI, Assistant Professor of Animal Resource Ecology at the University of British Columbia, Lecturer in Zoology at the University College of North Wales, Bangor, and Lecturer in Zoology in the EGI.  I am a Fellow of the Royal Society, a Fellow of the Medical Academy of Sciences, a member of Academia Europaea and of the Max Planck Society, an Honorary Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Foreign Member of the American Philosophical Society, and Foreign Honorary Member of the US National Academy of Sciences, Member of the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina). I served as Chairman of the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee from 2010-2014 and as Chairman of the UK Science and Technology Honours Committee from 2008-2014. I was President of the British Science Association in 2012.  I am also a Trustee of the Nuffield Foundation, and served as member of the Climate Change Committee, Chairman of its Adaptation Sub Committee from 2009-17.  I was a member of the House of Lords Energy and Environment Select Committee from 2015-19 and I currently chair the Select Committee on Food, Poverty, Health and the Enviroment.  I also carry out advisory work for Marks & Spencer plc, Drax plc, and Ajinomoto inc.  I co-founded and act as Chairman of a University Spinout Company, Oxford Risk Ltd.

Research Activities

I am no longer accepting new graduate students. My research interests are primarily on the relationship between science and policy.  In particular on climate change, animal diseases, sustainable, healthy diets and conservation.

Selected Publications

Krebs, J.R., Wilson, J.W., Bradbury, R.B. & Siriwardena G.M. 1999. The second silent spring? Nature 400: 611-12.

Krebs, J.R., Anderson, R.M., Clutton-Brock, T.H., Donnelly, C.A., Frost, S., Morrison, W.I., Woodroffe, R. & Young, D. 1998.  Badgers and bovine TB: conflicts between conservation and health. Science 279: 816-18.

Clayton, N.S. & Krebs, J.R. 1994. Hippocampal growth and attrition in birds affected by experience. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA  91: 7410-14.

Krebs, J.R., Sherry, D.F., Healy, S.D., Perry, V.H. & Vaccarino, A.L. 1989. Hippocampal specialization of food-storing birds. P.N.A.S. 86: 1388-92.

Krebs, J.R. & Avery, M.I.  1985. Central place foraging in the European bee-eater (Merops apiaster). J. Anim. Ecol. 54: 459-72.

Dawkins, R. & Krebs, J.R. 1979.  Arms races between and within species.  Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B. 205, 489-511.

Dawkins, R. & Krebs, J.R. 1978. Animal Signals: information or manipulation? In Behavioural Ecology (eds J.R. Krebs & N.B. Davies): 282-309. Oxford: Blackwell Scientific Publications.

Krebs, J.R., Kacelnik, A. & Taylor, P. 1978. Test of optimal sampling by foraging great tits.  Nature 275: 27-31.

Krebs, J.R. Ashcroft, R. & Webber, M.I. 1978. Song repertoires and territory defence in the great tit. Nature 271: 539-42.

Krebs, J.R. 1971. Territory and breeding density in the great tit Parus major. Ecology 52: 2-22. (Science Citation classic).