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Department of Zoology


Behaviour, Ecology & Evolution Seminar Series

The Behaviour, Ecology & Evolution Seminar Series is organized by Drs. Rahia Mashoodh. and Emilia Santos. Talks cover recent research on a wide variety of topics from evolutionary genetics through behavioural ecology to ecology and natural history.  Speakers are international, national and local. Part II undergraduate zoologists are encouraged to attend.

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Discovery Talks

Monthly on the second Friday 13:15 – 13:45 in the University Museum Of Zoology.  A researcher talks about their work and its relation to the Museum.  Open to all comers.

Museum of Zoology events

Evolution and Development Seminar Series

The Evolution and Development (evo devo) seminar series is continuing this year. Organized by PhD students in the Department of Zoology and Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, the series covers all aspects of Evolutionary Developmental Biology and includes speakers who have had a significant impact on the field.

It consists of relatively informal lunchtime talks, which take about 45-50 minutes, followed by 10-15 min of questions and discussion. We aim to highlight the common themes underpinning the diverse and multi-disciplinary research on organisms right across the tree of life. Topics include micro- and macroevolution, embryology, developmental genetics, palaeontology and computational biology.

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Scientific Ethics Seminar Series

The Scientific Ethics Seminar Series is designed to give research students the chance to confront and discuss ethical issues they will face as professional scientists. Such a course is felt to be necessary in view of the sensitivity of society to the perceived misbehaviour of scientists, the complex relationship between scientific issues and society and the increasing pressure on scientists in a competitive environment.

As this course is only offered every two years, research students are expected to attend in either Year 1 or Year 2. Students in later years who may have missed the previous course are also welcome to attend, as are interested post-docs. 

All seminars are on Zoom and consist of an informal presentation (approx. 30 mins), setting out the issues and questions, after which the topic will be opened for discussion.

List of Seminars for 2021

Summer Seminar Series

These talks were instigated to give more exposure to current research being conducted within the Department of Zoology, and to bridge the gap between postgraduate beer talks and the re-vamped tea talk series.

With other seminar series finishing for the summer, it is hoped that people will take advantage of the opportunity to hear from colleagues spanning a range of research interests. Two speakers share each hour-long seminar, and the series runs for six weeks.

2019 Series

Zoology Graduate Seminars (ZoGS)

The ZoGS are a seminar series run by and for graduate students. Students present their work to a friendly audience, composed of students and post-docs. While listening to the talk, you can enjoy cheap drinks and free pizza (which always finishes very quickly!). Usually takes place for 4-5 weeks in Easter term.