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Department of Zoology


It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Zoology Department

Zoology is home to a thriving community of researchers who share a fascination in how whole organisms develop, function, behave, interact and evolve. Our work bridges different levels of organization from the cellular basis of animal form, function and behaviour to the interactions between organisms, people and policy.

Evolution is a theme that unites much of our thinking, research and teaching, as does our interest in the interactions between living organisms and their environments. We pride ourselves on the outstanding quality of our research and its impact, and on our enthusiastic, high quality teaching.

The Department has an outstanding Museum of Zoology used for teaching and research as well being part of the University’s world-class collection of museums. Members of our department are also members of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative and Wellcome/CRUK Gurdon Institute.

People often comment on the friendly ambience in the department and we prize that aspect of our environment.  We aim to provide a supportive and open atmosphere for everyone who works here, staff, students and visitors alike. We value all members of the Department and are working hard to enhance our diversity as has been recognised by our recent Athena SWAN Charter Silver Award.  

Howard Baylis
Head of Department