Mairi Knight

Academic profile

Professor Mairi Knight

Professor of Evolutionary Ecology
School of Biological and Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)

The Global Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Mairi's work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

Goal 02: SDG 2 - Zero HungerGoal 04: SDG 4 - Quality EducationGoal 06: SDG 6 - Clean Water and SanitationGoal 09: SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and InfrastructureGoal 14: SDG 14 - Life Below WaterGoal 15: SDG 15 - Life on LandGoal 17: SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

About Mairi

Head of School of Biological and Marine Sciences 
Associate Professor in Molecular Ecology 

Supervised Research Degrees

Dr Felicity Wynne, 2019, University of Plymouth Disease ecology of two emerging amphibian pathogens in Costa Rica.Co-supervised with Dr Rob Pushendorf (Director of Studies, UoP) and Dr Stephen Price (then ZSL, London)Dr C. John Thorpe, 2018, University of Plymouth The biogeography and conservation status of the rocky plateaus of the Northern Western Ghats, India. Director of Studies, co-supervised by Prof Dave Bilton (UoP) and Dr Aparne Watve (Pune, India).
Dr Sarah Rustage, 2014, University of Plymouth Correlates of rarity in UK bumblebee (Bombus spp.) populations, Director of Studies, co-supervised by Dr Jonathan Ellis, Dr Richard Billington (UoP) & Prof Mark Brown (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Dr Tony Bicknell, 2011, University of Plymouth Population structuring and dispersal patterns of a highly pelagic seabird: implications for Leach's Storm-petrel conservation, co-supervised with Drs Steve Votier (now University of Exeter), Prof David Bilton (UoP) & Jim Reid (JNCC).
Dr Carly Benefer, 2011, University of Plymouth The molecular ecology and behaviour of Agriotes species, co-supervised with Prof. Rod Blackshaw and Dr Jon Ellis (UoP).
Dr Olivia Scholtz, 2010, University of Plymouth, Community ecology of rainforest termites,PI with Dr Paul Eggleton (Natural History Museum, London), Drs Sarah Donovan & Prof Rod Blackshaw (UoP).
Dr Nicola J Barson, 2004, University of Hull Sexual Selection and the genetics of reproductive isolation in Lake Malawi cichlid fishes (University of Hull, co-supervised with Prof George Turner (now at the University of Bangor). 


I currently teach on a number of different modules on topics ranging from evolution and genetic principles to conservation genetics and small population biology through to field biology.MBIO161 Evolution and Behaviour
(evolutionary genetics)
BIOL123/130/136 Field Biology
(systematics and taxonomy)
BIOL204 Principles of Conservation Biology
(conservation genetics)
ANIM5007 Small Population Biology
(conservation genetics)
I also regularly teach on residential field biology courses (e.g. to Andalucia, Spain; Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico).

Contact Mairi

+44 1752 584636