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Biographical entry Renfree, Marilyn Bernice (1947 - )


19 April 1947
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia


Marilyn Renfree has been Ian Potter Professor of Zoology and Head of the University of Melbourne's Department of Zoology since 1991. she is particularly interested in the reproductive physiology and development of marsupials.



1963 - 1964
Career position - Laboratory Technician at the Department of Microbiology at John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University
Career position - Clerk at the Finance Department of the Army
1965 - 1968
Career position - Undergraduate and vacation Research Assistant (geology) at the Australian National University (ANU)
1968 - 1971
Career position - Australian National University (ANU) postgraduate student part-time Demonstrator in zoology
Award - Bolliger Award received from the Australian Mammal Society
Career position - CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) Research Assistant at the Australian National University (ANU)
1972 - 1973
Career position - Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Zoology at the University of Tennessee, USA
1973 - 1974
Career position - Ford Foundation Research Fellow at the Institute of Animal Genetics, University of Edinburgh
1974 - 1978
Career position - Lecturer in Biology (vertebrate and reproductive physiology) at Murdoch University
1976 - 1980
Career position - Member of Committee, Australian Society for Reproductive Biology
1978 - 1980
Career position - Senior Lecturer at Murdoch University, Victoria
1978 - 1984
Career position - Member, Editorial Advisory Committee, Australian journal of biological sciences
Award - Gottschalk Medal received from the Australian Academy of Science
1980 - 1982
Career position - Associate Professor of Animal Biology (reproductive physiology) in the School of Environmental and Life Sciences at Murdoch University
1982 - 1983
Career position - Senior Fellow II at Monash University
Career position - Member, Program Committee, International Union of Physiological Sciences Congress, Sydney
1984 - 1991
Career position - National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Principal Research Fellow in Anatomy at Monash University
Award - Whitley Book Award received from the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales
1990 - 2003
Career position - Ian Potter Chair of Zoology and Head of the Department at the University of Melbourne
1992 -
Career position - Member, Editorial Board, Journal of mammalian evolution
1997 -
Career position - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
Award - Mueller Medal, Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science
1997 - 2000
Career position - Chair, Australian Society for Reproductive Biology
1997 - 2001
Career position - Member, Minister for Environment's Science Committee on the Use of Wildlife
1997 - 2003
Career position - Chair, Animal Ethics Committee, Australian Antarctic Division
Career position - Member of Council, Australian Academy of Science
Award - Centenary Medal for service to Australian society and science in reproductive physiology
Career position - Laureate Professor, Department of Zoology, University of Melbourne
2003 -
Career position - Chair (sometime Deputy Chair), CSIRO Journals Board of Standards
Award - Gold Conservation Medal, San Diego Zoological Society, California, U.S.A.
Award - ARC Federation Fellow
2005 -
Career position - Member, Editorial Board, Bio essays
2007 -
Career position - Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Sexual development
Award - Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to biology, particularly through leadership in the research into marsupial reproduction, and to the scientific community through contributions to professional organisations
Award - Carl G. Hartman Award, Society of the Study of Reproductive

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Journal Articles

  • Byrne, Margaret, Broadhurst, Linda, Leishman, Michelle and Belov, Kathy, 'Women in conservation science making a difference', Pacific Conservation Biology, 24 (1) (2018), 6, Details


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See also

  • Herd, Margaret ed., Who's Who in Australia 2002 (Melbourne: Crown Content, 2001), 2020 pp. Details

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