Division of Mammals
The Mammal Division of the Museum of Zoology was established in 1837, and has grown steadily to its current size, with over 150,000 specimens. An important feature of the mammal collection at the Museum of Zoology is our emphasis on non-traditional specimens; that is, preparations that go beyond or replace the traditional skin and skull. Our fluid collection numbers over 15,000 specimens.
Otero Jiménez selected for Genetics Training Grant Program
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.
New collection manager in UMMZ mammal division
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.
Sperm related phenotypes implicated in both maintenance and breakdown of a natural species barrier in the house mouse.
We test whether the Y chromosome penetration of the species barrier acts through sperm traits by assessing sperm characteristics of wild-caught males ... We found that both sperm count (SC) and sperm velocity were significantly reduced across the natural spectrum of hybrids.
Albrechtová, J, T. Albrecht, S. Baird, M. Macholán, P. Munclinger, G. Rudolfsen, P. K. Tucker, and J. Piálek.