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, the genetic information they contain and the ecosystems they form. Now part of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UMMZ houses world-class collections that span almost 200 years of regional and global biodiversity supporting a multi-faceted Departmental research and teaching program.
- Flint Herpetology Class visits the collection
- Drawing owl specimens
- Skeletal measurements for study of woodpecker ecology and evolution
The Natural History of the Ants of Michigan's E.S. George Reserve
In 1951 Mary Talbot began a 26 year research project to study and document the populations of ants in the Edwin S, George Reserve. This is the culmination of that effort. (more)
Authors: Mary Talbot
Publisher: University of Michigan Museum of Zoology
UMMZ Grants & Awards
Mammal Division Ph.D. student, Beatriz Otero Jiménez, was selected to participate in the University of Michigan Predoctoral Training Program in Genetics. She is interested in using genetic tools to understand the role of agricultural systems in tropical ecosystems. Beatriz is co-advised by Drs. Priscilla Tucker and John Vandermeer.
A warm welcome to Cody Thompson, collection manager in the Museum of Zoology’s Mammal Division. Thompson is responsible for the daily activities of the mammal research collection, including maintaining the specimens currently found in the collection and the associated database, coordinating the research activities that involve the mammal collection for both on- and off-campus researchers, and improving the functionality and usability of the mammal collection to others.
Collections Manager, Greg Schneider, with Tree Python and skinks from recently acquired collection from New Guinea.
The Jean Wright Cohn Endowment Fund in the Museum of Zoology has been established through a very generous donation from the Jean W. Cohn Living Trust to support the activities of the Museum’s Bird Division.
On Sunday October 6th, a UMMZ task force participated in the 2013 "ID Day", one of two designated Ruthven Museums annual public outreach events. The event was a smashing success, attracting 656 visitors (a marked increase on last years’ 378) including many young children and their parents.
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.