The Sub-Department of Animal
Behaviour is part of the Zoology Department of Cambridge University,
and is situated in the village of Madingley, four miles west
The Sub-Department was founded
in 1950 by W. H. Thorpe, FRS and initially consisted of a four
acre site and a simple Nissen Hut. It has grown considerably
since then and is now a well-equipped and spacious centre
for research on behaviour and behavioural
As well as members of the Zoology
Department, we also host researchers from the Departments of Experimental Psychology and Pharmacology.
From 2010, the site at Madingley is also home to the Evolutionary Genetics Laboratory, staffed by researchers in the Evolution and Diversity research group of the Department of Zoology, and members of the Department of Genetics.
Some of the world's best-known
ethologists have worked here: see the History
and Past Members pages.