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Museum of Zoology

Recent News

UMMZ rabbit specimens collected in the 1940's and 1950's help researchers understand the evolution of resistance to myxoma virus

In the 1950s the myxoma virus was released into European rabbit populations in Australia and Europe, decimating populations and resulting in the rapid evolution of resistance.

University of Michigan to Unveil New Home for the Museum of Natural History on April 14

U-M Museum of Natural History will open to visitors with new exhibits, a state-of-the-art planetarium, and a stunning building that brings scientific research into public view

Research Feature

RMC Prairie Pre-Restoration Site Cleanup


Help restore the front RMC grounds to native prairie land!

Come join us at the Research Museum Complex (RMC) Saturday, March 16th & 23rd, from 10am-2pm, and help us cleanup and prepare the RMC Prairie restoration site for planting.

The RMC is in the process of restoring the front lawn into native prairie grounds. This process includes site cleanup and preparation (March 2019), planting a cover crop (May 2019), and then finally, planting the native pollinator friendly prairie (November 2019)! But first – site cleanup!

Plan on wearing clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and bring a rake and gloves if you have them. If you have extra rakes or gloves to share, please bring those as well. Come for part or all of the day. We need as much help as we can get!

The event is located at the RMC, 3600 Varsity Drive, Ann Arbor, MI. Rain dates scheduled for: Sunday, March 17th and/or 24th

Throughout the restoration process scientists will be conducting research to examine the impact of restoring native habitat areas and prairie succession on the flora and fauna of associated with this site. Come learn about the restoration project and be part of a community wide restoration effort!

Please RSVP if you can make it and whether you can bring a rake or gloves. Click on the RSVP link below and any questions to: Sasha Bishop -

The Digitizing begins...

The Museum of Zoology got a massive equipment upgrade!!! A new microCT system has delivered to the Research Museums Center (RMC) and will reside adjacent to the #UMMZ collections. The microCT will allow museum researchers the ability to digitize the nearly 15 million zoological specimens, as well as other University of Michigan collections housed at the RMC. Currently, Alison Davis Rabosky, Dan Rabosky, Cody Thompson, and Priscilla Tucker are working on a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, which will digitize ALL vertebrate genera. More projects are to come...

Please NoteThe 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.