News and events from the Department of Zoology
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Zoology alumni

Dear alumni,

Welcome to the spring 2018 newsletter.

I would like to draw your attention to two dates:

  1. Saturday 2 June 2018 – alumni outing to Wicken Fen
  2. Saturday 15 September 2018 – Zoology Alumni Day

Please read on for more information and what we have been up to recently. 

We would also like to hear what YOU have been up to; we now have an Alumni News section, so if you have a story to tell, let us know.


William Foster
Director of Alumni Relations

Museum of Zoology reopening
Skeletons in the Museum's collections
We are delighted to announce that the Lower Gallery of the Museum was re-opened on 27 March 2018. The installation of the Upper Gallery will continue before the Museum re-opens fully on 23 June 2018. The Lower Gallery offers the visitor a chance to explore some of our fascinating specimens: elephants, hippos, primates, rodents, and much more.

The pre-Easter opening included the Museum of Zoology shop. The shop has a range of gifts, stationery, toys, and other delights inspired by the Museum collections.

If you aren't in Cambridge for a while, you can read about the changes to the Museum in the recent article in the alumni magazine (CAM).
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Featured research
News from our alumni
Storm Petrel - New Zealand
Far from land: the mysterious lives of seabirds by Michael Brooke
This book, by Michael Brooke (Part II 1971), Strickland Curator of Ornithology in the Museum of Zoology, takes us on a 'breathtaking journey around the globe to reveal where these birds actually go when they roam the sea...' (Princeton University Press). Or as Michael himself, a leading researcher in seabird ecology, puts it: "My hope is to bring this astounding knowledge revolution to many, many readers who, like me, enjoy the salty tang of sea air."
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ZooCast interview video still
Cambridge ZooCasts: what's it like to be a graduate student in the Department?
ZooCasts are short video episodes, featuring two graduate students having a casual conversation on topics ranging from their research and academic work to extracurricular activities within the Department and the University.

Each student has taken a turn as the interviewee in one episode and the interviewer in another. Episodes are released fortnightly.
Watch the series
Zoology Alumni Day 2018
Date: Saturday 15 September

Department of Zoology
Downing Street

What is happening?
The headline act is Tim Clutton Brock talking on 'Meerkats and mole rats: cooperating to survive'. There will also be a full programme of lab tours, a chance to go behind the scenes in the museum, an art trail, and the return of the ever-popular animal quiz. Plus an opportunity to catch up with your old friends.

Full details will follow in the summer newsletter.