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Department of Zoology


You may do two one-term projects, each amounting to about 80 hours of practical work and analysis, or one two-term project (about 160 hours). A two-term project is normally undertaken during the Michaelmas and Lent Terms, the exact timetable being established by discussion with the supervisor.

You all have the option to start a project during the Summer vacation on the basis of either work done in a research laboratory or fieldwork done on the field course or elsewhere (note that you may start only one project during the summer). The work may be developed into a project during the Michaelmas and/or Lent Term, under the guidance of a 'home' supervisor within the department, and submitted for the examination. If you wish to use vacation work in a project, you must discuss your summer plans before departure with a home supervisor within the department, except for those of you who begin field projects on the field course, who will be supervised by staff present on that course.

Two modules (ZM1, ZL1) carry with them demonstration practicals following the lectures; the demonstration practicals from ZL1 may be used in place of one short project.


Some recent publications arising from student projects

(Part II student in bold, supervisor in italics):

Geiger M, Marron S, West AR, Asher RJ. 2018 In Press. Influences of domestication and island evolution on dental growth in sheep. J Mammalian Evolution

Dixit T, English S, Lukas D. (2017The relationship between egg size and helper number in cooperative breeders: a meta-analysis across speciesPeerJ 5:e4028.

Derrick CJ, York-Andersen AH & Weil TT. (2016). Imaging Calcium in Drosophila at Egg Activation. Journal of Visualized Experiments. 114: e54311.

Bartlett LJ, Williams, DR, Prescott, GW, Balmford A, Green RE, Eriksson A, Valdes PJ, Singaraye, J S & Manica, A. (2016). Robustness despite uncertainty: regional climate data reveal the dominant role of humans in explaining global extinctions of Late Quaternary megafauna. Ecography, 39: 152–161.

Amano T, Lamming J & Sutherland WJ. (2016). Spatial gaps in global biodiversity information and the role of citizen science. BioScience 66: 393-400.

Amano T, Coverdale R & Peh KS-H. (2016). The importance of globalisation in driving the introduction and establishment of alien species in Europe. Ecography 39: 1118-1128

Brockelhurst RJ, Crumpton N, Button E, Asher RJ. (2016). Jaw anatomy of Potamogale velox (Tenrecidae, Afrotheria) with a focus on cranial arteries and the coronoid canal in mammals. PeerJ 4: e1906

English S, Cowen H, Garnett E, Hargrove JW. (2016). Maternal effects on offspring size in a natural population of the viviparous tsetse fly. Ecological Entomology 41: 618–626

Schrader, M, Crosby, RM, Hesketh, AR., Jarrett, BJM & Kilner, RM. (2016). A limit on the extent to which increased egg size can compensate for a poor post-natal environment, revealed experimentally in the burying beetle, Nicrophorus vespilloides. Ecology and Evolution, 6: 329-336