University of Michigan Museum of Zoology

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The University of Michigan Museum of Zoology serves as the nucleus for the study of animal diversity on campus, focusing on the evolutionary origins of the planet’s animal species, their genetic information and the ecosystems they form. UMMZ houses world-class collections that span almost 200 years of regional and global biodiversity supporting a multi-faceted research and teaching program.

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Ecology and Evolutionary Biology



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Featured Publications

Dichopetala and new Related North American Genera

The genus Dichopetala Brunner von Wattenwyl, 1878 sensu Rehn and Hebard, 1914 is revised, with the description of 6 new genera and 14 new species. (more)

Authors: T. J. Cohn (posthumous), D.R. Swanson, and P. Fontana

Publisher: University of Michigan Museum of Zoology

Date: 1/7/2014

News & Events

Nearly $1.5 million in donations to UMMZ from Cohn bequest

A series of extremely generous donations from Dr. Theodore J. Cohn created the Theodore H. Hubbell Endowment for Systematic Research in Orthoptera Fund at the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology.

Museums ID Day in the news

The annual ID Day at the Ruthven Museums Building drew over 725 citizen scientists of all ages on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015.

Knowles named Robert Payne Collegiate Professor

Lacey Knowles has been named the Robert B. Payne Collegiate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.


Please Note: The Museum of Zoology is a research facility. It is not usually open to the public. Please refer to the Museum of Natural History website if you wish to visit.