Mark Ridley read biology at Oxford and remained there for his DPhil. From 1978-1989 he researched in Evolution and in Animal Behavior in Oxford and then Camrbidge, UK. He was then a professor in the departments of Anthropology and Biology, Emory University, Atlanta, USA. He now teaches at the department of Zoology, Oxford University. He has carried out research in several areas of evolutionary biology, particularly in sexual selection and the comparative method.
Mark Ridley's books include The problems of Evolution (1985), Evolution and Classification (1986) and Animal Behavior 2e (1995) and of course Evolution 3e (2003) on which this site is based. He has edited The Darwin Reader 2e (1996) and published many papers in research journals. He is a frequent book reviewer in such places as The New York Times Book Review, Natural History Magazine, The Times Literary Supplement and Nature.