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Department of Zoology


The Department of Zoology is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Rebecca Kilner FRS as the new Head of Department. She takes over from Professor Howard Baylis who has held the post for the last 7 years.

Rebecca Kilner was appointed 1866 Professor of Zoology in June 2023.  Rebecca’s research investigates how behaviour evolves and how adaptive behaviour in turn influences subsequent evolutionary change.

Her current work focuses mainly on burying beetles, though she continues to study bird species as well.

You can find more about her research here.

Rebecca is stepping down from her current role as Director of the Museum and the search for a new Director will soon be underway.