A report on the first tropical Part II field course and other news...
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Dear alumnus/na,

We are proud to report in this newsletter on the Department’s first ever Part II field course in the tropics. We were able to organise this important new experience for our students only because of generous support from our alumni and friends.

Please save two dates in your diaries for 2019:

Saturday, 7 September 2019
Zoology Alumni and Friends open day, with Professor Nick Davies as the headline act

Saturday, 25 May 2019
Field outing to Totternhoe Quarry in the Chilterns, led by Dr Ed Turner

Find out more about the field course and these events below.


William Foster
Director of Alumni Relations

First tropical Part II field course
Part II students in Panama
The Department's first-ever tropical field course took place in the summer. A group of 20 Part II students went to Gamboa in Panama. They were joined there by five further students from Colombia and Panama. The students were led by Chris Jiggins, Jason Head and Ed Turner and two PhD students, Gabby Montejo-Kovacevich and Kathy Darragh, with local support from researchers at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

Our students spent the first week getting to know the region and the second week conducting research projects they had designed. This continues the successful model developed over many years on the Part II field courses in North Norfolk. The students' projects included a study on chemical attractants and their effects on orchid bees, and another on the personalities of tungara frog tadpoles, looking at their boldness and exploratory behaviour.

The experience has been inspirational for the students. Throughout the trip, they were able to observe a wide range of animals including sloths, iguanas, armadillos, tree frogs and a night-time camera trap photo of an ocelot (unconfirmed).

The field course was made possible only as a result of generous support from our alumni and friends.

The students provided some images on our field course's Instagram account and Libby Daley (Pembroke) wrote a report on the experience, which you can read using the link below.

Next year the course will be in Sabah, Malaysia.
Read the student's view
Research news
Alumni Q&A
Biographies of zoologists
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Save the date: Alumni and Friends Day 2019
Date: Saturday, 7 September 2019

Venue: Department of Zoology, New Museums Site

Next year's departmental Alumni Day will celebrate the life and work of Professor Nick Davies who is 'retiring' in 2019. We hope that many of you will want to come and take part in this celebration.

Details in the next newsletter.
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