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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, 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.

News & Events

Myers, a leading scholar in mammalian systematics and biodiversity, retires

Phil Myers, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and curator, Museum of Zoology, retired from active faculty status on December 31, 2013. Myers is a leading scholar in mammalian systematics and biodiversity, with special expertise in South American mammals. More recently, his research explored the impact of climate change on the biogeography of northern hemisphere mammals. The U-M Regents salute this distinguished researcher, scholar and educator by naming him professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology and curator emeritus.

Animal Diversity Web adding 3D Skulls!

Just before the turn of the 21st century, the Animal Diversity Web created a series of cutting-edge QTVR object movies of mammal skulls. Now, with the help of UROP student Alex Risius, they’re creating new 3D models using photogrammetry tools provided by Autodesk. This method allows the creation of higher-resolution models, and provides users with much finer control over the spinning.

The Hungriest Critters in the UMMZ Featured on YouTube…Again!!!

The UMMZ dermestid colony was the recent subject of a video created for the YouTube channel, WorldByCharlie.  EEB undergraduate, Charlie Engelman, is the person behind WorldByCharlie and is the producer of its content.

Behind the Scenes Outreach 2014!

The Museum of Anthropology, Museum of Natural History, Museum of Paleontology, and Museum of Zoology open up their doors to let the public see what goes on inside.

Dental School Course Uses the UMMZ Collections for Comparative Anatomy Lecture

Graduate students from the Michigan School of Dentistry visited the UMMZ Mammal Collection for a comparative anatomy lecture as part of their Neural Basis of Orofacial Pain and Function course.

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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.