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Department of Zoology


We are absolutely delighted to congratulate Lynn Dicks, Matthias Landgraf, Tim Weil, and Daniel Field for their promotions to Professor. The promotion recognises their fantastic contributions to the Zoology Department, School and University.

Lynn Dicks joined the department of Zoology in 2009 as a Postdoctoral Researcher; she was awarded a NERC Independent Research Fellowship between 2016-2021, which she first held at the University of East Anglia. Since 2019 she lectures in Animal Ecology and leads the Agroecology Group.

On hearing of her promotion Lynn said: "I am excited and honoured to be recognised with this new title. Huge thanks to those who supported my application, and to all members of the Agroecology group, for keeping the focus on excellence in our research.” 



In 2002 Matthias Landgraf was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship, which allowed him to start an independent research group, followed in 2010 by a 

lectureship position and, more recently, promotion to the position of Reader (Associate Professor).  Matthias’s group is interested in understanding how nervous systems integrate environmental cues as they develop, allowing for appropriate function to emerge.

On hearing of his promotion Matthias said: “Working with colleagues and students in Zoology and across departments has been immensely rewarding. It’s been wonderful to interact with so many interesting, amazing people, and I feel excited about the future we are trying to create.”  


Tim Weil joined the Department of Zoology in 2013 as Associate Professor.  Tim’s research group aims to understand the mechanisms that underpin the spatial and temporal  coordination of egg and early embryo development. He has previously served as the Deputy HoD (Teaching) in Zoology and is currently the Deputy Head of the School (Undergraduate Strategy).

On hearing of his promotion Tim said: ”I thoroughly enjoy working in the Department and look forward to continuing for years to come.”



Daniel Field joined the Department of Earth Sciences at Cambridge as an Assistant Professor in 2018, received a UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowship in 2019, and joined the University Museum of Zoology as Strickland Curator of Ornithology in 2021.  Daniel's research addresses the evolution of birds from their dinosaurian origins to their present-day diversity.  

You can read more about the announcement under the Academic Career Pathway in the Cambridge Reporter.