A complex network of fungi in the lower canopy could be one reason tropical rainforests are home to so many different types of insects, spiders and centipedes, say scientists.
New research has found that a protein associated with learning and memory plays an integral role in changing the behaviour of locusts from that of harmless grasshoppers into swarming pests.
Professor Malcolm Burrows and colleagues from South Africa have written a paper that shows that a newly discovered species of cockroach jumps, unlike the 4000 other cockroaches which merely scuttle around.
22 young European scientists have been selected for excellence in research to join the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) Young Investigator Programme and one of those Young Investigators is Dr Irene Miguel-Aliaga from the Department.
At the start of October the Student Conference on Conservation Science (SCCS) - begun here in Zoology back in 2000 - was held for the second time in New York. The US event, hosted by the American Museum of Natural History in partnership with a consortium of east coast universities and conservation NGOs, included 400 delegates from over 30 countries.
Rainforests are vanishing worldwide and their protection is of pressing concern. This special issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society outlines how human beings are shaping the future of rainforests. The focus lies on the Danum Valley Conservation Area, one of the last remaining primary forests of Malaysian Borneo and on its surrounding forest.
An old lock of hair has enabled researchers to sequence the genome of an Aboriginal Australian, and show that modern Aboriginal Australians are direct descendants of the first people to arrive there.
The mystery of how a butterfly has changed its wing patterns to mimic neighbouring species and avoid being eaten by birds has been solved by a team of European scientists. The study is published in the journal Nature.
Separating land for nature and land for crops may be the best way to meet increased food demand with the least impact on wild species
A team of scientists, led by chemists from the BioArCh laboratories, University of York, and palaeontologists from the Department of Zoology, has developed a method of dating Ice Age sediments using fossil snail shells contained within them.
The stunning wing patterns of Heliconius butterflies have inspired biologists since the time of Darwin. In a paper published in Science, researchers from Cambridge, California, and Panama have shown that a gene called optix is responsible for painting red patterns onto Heliconius wings.
The department is delighted to offer its congratulations to Dr Rebecca Kilner, who has been awarded a Zoological Society of London Scientific Medal.
New research shows that international plans to pay developing countries to reduce tropical forest destruction may increase rural poverty because critical income streams to rural people have been ignored.
The Department offers its congratulations to Professor Andrew Balmford who has become the latest member of the Department to be made a Fellow of the Royal Society.
New research reveals how biological arms races between cuckoos and host birds can escalate into a competition between the host evolving new, unique egg patterns (or 'signatures') and the parasite new forgeries.
Researchers in the Department of Zoology have a long history of studying the common cuckoo, the well-known brood parasite that lays its eggs in the nests of other species.
Zoology graduates have again done exceptionally well in various poster competitions recently.
As usual the department will be contributing to the annual Cambridge Science Festival.
Insects hold atomic clues about the type of habitats in which they live. Members of the Departments of Plant Sciences and Zoology discover an 'atmospheric imprint' in insects, revealing where they are most likely to survive should climate change alter their ecosystem.
If you thought that we know everything about how the flea jumps, think again.