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John Johnson, 1945-2019

16 October 2019

john_johnson_christmas_party.jpg The Department is sorry to announce the death of John Johnson on 26th September 2019. John joined the Department at the age of 16 in 1961 as a junior technician. The knowledge he gained from his time as a technician allowed him to move into purchasing and procurement. By the time he left...

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New University Lecturer

4 October 2019

james_herbert-read.jpg We are delighted to welcome Dr James Herbert-Read as the new departmental lecturer in Marine Biology. Dr Herbert-Read joins us from the University of Bristol where he was a Research Associate in the School of Biological Sciences. James has a broad interest in behavioural ecology and marine biology...

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New NERC Independent Research Fellow

4 October 2019

mitchell_profile2.jpg We are excited to welcome Dr Emily Mitchell to the Department. Dr Mitchell won her NERC Fellowship to work on a project to assessing the consequences of Ediacaran ecology on early animal evolution. For the uninitiated, the Ediacaran time period is 631-541 million years ago and it is at this time that...

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William T Stearn Student Essay Prize winner

25 September 2019

h_t_soppitt_-_courtesy_of_tolson_memorial_museum_huddersfield.jpg We are delighted to offer congratulations to our PhD student Nathan Smith who has won the Society for the History of Natural History’s William T Stearn Student Essay Prize. William T Stearn, CBE, born in Chesterton, Cambridge, became an outstanding botanical...

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Prof Bill Sutherland working in his office

British Ecological Society honours Professor Bill Sutherland

28 August 2019

We are delighted to offfer our congratulations to Professor Bill Sutherland who has been awarded Honorary Membership of the British Ecological Society . This is the highest award the BES gives, recognising exceptional contributions at international level to the generation, communication and promotion of ecological...

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Mismatch between Global Conservation Priorities and Effort

21 August 2019

Research by the University of Cambridge and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has identified some key mismatches between global biodiversity conservation priorities and global conservation effort. Conservation resources are scare, biodiversity loss is occurring at an unprecedented rate, and there is...

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Professor Charles Ellington 1952-2019

2 August 2019

charlie_ellington_and_r_e_d_holder.jpg Members of the Department were saddened to hear of the death of Professor Charles Ellington, FRS, on Tuesday 30th July 2019. Charlie first joined the Zoology Department as a PhD student in 1973. He subsequently became a lecturer and went on to become Professor. He was elected as a...

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Fossils and the Tree of Life

22 July 2019

heliscomys_cover.png Researchers in the Department have discovered that the bones and teeth from the oldest, most complete rodent fossils related to pocket mice and squirrels are consistent with DNA from living mammals in supporting one evolutionary Tree of Life. Two ancient fossils found in Wyoming have been rigorously...

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Graduation (C) Sir Cam, University of Cambridge

End of Academic Year Congratulations

26 June 2019

As the graduation ceremonies commence today, 26 June 2019, the Department offers its hearty congratulations to all our finalists. This year we are delighted to report that 56 students took Part II Zoology of which 32% were awarded first-class degrees. The annual Frank Smart for Zoology Prize for the Natural Sciences Tripos...

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Read more at: ZSL Thomas Henry Huxley Award and Marsh Prize Winner

ZSL Thomas Henry Huxley Award and Marsh Prize Winner

13 June 2019

The Department is delighted to send its congratulations to Dr Erasmus zu Ermgassen whose PhD thesis ‘ Strategies for sustainable livestock production in Brazil and the European Community ' has won this year's Thomas Henry Huxley Award and Marsh Prize , given jointly by the Zoological Society of London and the Marsh...

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