The department was formed during the recent reorganisation of the Faculty of Life Sciences by bringing together scientists with shared interests in genetics, environmental and evolutionary biology who had previously been scattered among a variety of distinct departments.
It traces its origins to the now extinct Department of Comparative Anatomy, founded in 1826 and the first in Britain to offer a Zoology degree. More about our history.
Above: Above: A sketch from Charles Darwin's notebook. The first-known diagram of an evolutionary tree, describing the relationships among groups of organisms.
Research in the Department falls under 6 overlapping research themes.
Embedded within the Department are a number of intra- and inter-institutional research centres and institutes.
The labs and research offices are housed in the Darwin Building, Gower Street, on the site of Charles Darwin's home.
Above: Fission Yeast
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