The department was formed following the 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.
GEE 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. Research in the Department falls under a number of overlapping research themes.
The Department, headed up by Professor Andrew Pomiankowski, comprises getting on for 50 research groups and some 200 Post-Docs, PhD Students and support staff.
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.