New appointments, celebrating Nick Davies and things to look forward to...
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Dear Friend,

We are pleased to report on a summer packed with successful alumni events:
  • Going Cuckoo! in honour of Nick Davies
  • Zoology Alumni Day
  • Happy Hour 25th Birthday Celebration
  • Cambridge University Alumni Weekend
We are also delighted to welcome three new academic staff appointments, all women.

Finally, please note some dates for your diary for 2020:
  • a field outing to Wells-next-the-Sea on 16 May 2020
  • the Zoology Alumni Day on 5 September 2020
  • the University Alumni Weekend on 25-27 September 2020

Best wishes, 

William Foster
Director of Alumni Relations, Department of Zoology

Professor Rebecca Kilner appointed as the new Director of the Museum of Zoology
Professor Rebecca Kilner in front of the Whale
Rebecca Kilner took over from Paul Brakefield as Director of the Museum of Zoology on 1 October 2019. Rebecca came to the department as a PhD student in 1992, working on begging behaviour in canaries under the supervision of Tim Clutton-Brock.

Her academic career since then has been based in the department, though her fieldwork has taken her to Madingley Wood, Wicken Fen, New York State, Australia and New Zealand. Rebecca’s research group currently focusses on the behaviour and ecology of burying beetles and investigates how behaviour both evolves under natural selection and influences the course of evolution itself.
Read a Q & A with Becky
Recent Awards
Nathan Smith (current PhD student)
Awarded the Society for the History of Natural History’s William T. Stearn Student Essay Prize. His winning essay was entitled "It takes a village: The life of Henry Thomas Soppitt and the attempts by provincial mycologists to navigate their scientific legacy"

Read more >
Professor William Sutherland (Miriam Rothschild Professor of Conservation Biology)
Awarded Honorary Membership of the British Ecological Society

Read more >
Friends reunited
Recent research
Save the dates

Saturday 16 May 2020

Wells-next-the-Sea – relive the Part II Zoology Field Course with a trip to the salt marshes and foreshore on the North Norfolk coast

Saturday 5 September 2020

Zoology Alumni Day – come back to the Department for a tour of some labs, the museum and a lecture or two, perhaps arrange to meet up with some old friends.

Saturday 28 September 2020

University Alumni Festival – we will be taking part in the 30th anniversary of this weekend.

Further details of all these events will be in the next newsletter.

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