Departmental addresses:

Department of Zoology
Zoology Research & Administration Building
11a Mansfield Road
Oxford OX1 3SZ
01865 (2) 71234 

John Krebs Field Station
Oxford University
Oxford OX2 8QJ 
01865 (2) 71178

The Recanati-Kaplan Centre
Tubney House
Abingdon Road
Tubney OX13 5QL
01865 (6) 11100

Peter Medawar Building for Pathogen Research 
South Parks Road
Oxford OX1 3SY
01865 (2) 81231

For any official Departmental business, please contact the Head of Department, Prof Ben Sheldon, via

Undergraduate Office: 01865 (2) 81214

Graduate Office: 01865 (2) 71286

Research Grants Office: 01865 (2) 81328

IT Office: 01865 (2) 81186

Personnel Office: 01865 (2) 71278

Intake: 01865 (2) 71105

Building Services: 01865 (2) 71280



The Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford traces its origins to 1860, when George Rolleston became the first Linacre Professor. This coincided with the opening of the University Museum, where zoological research and teaching was then based. Rolleston had responsibility for the zoological collections at the Museum, other than the entomology collections. There have been ten subsequent holders of the Linacre Chair since Rolleston, the current being Professor Peter Holland FRS.

As the Department expanded and diversified, additional Established Chairs were created:

  • Hope Professorship - currently vacant 
  • Professorship of Zoology - held by Tim Coulson
  • Luc Hoffmann Chair of Field Ornithology - held by Ben Sheldon
  • Tasso Leventis Chair of Biodiversity - held by E.J. Milner-Gulland

Professor Ben Sheldon is the current Head of Department. We are dedicated to gender equality and in 2010 Zoology was the first department in Oxford to be given an Athena Swan Silver Award in recognition of its success at promoting the careers of women.  


For University members, the ST3 shuttle bus runs from the centre of Oxford to the Field Station You must first register your University card before you can use this service.

Trains run from Paddington Station in London about every half hour (and take about 1 hour). The Zoology Dept. is about a 20 minute walk from the railway station.

Buses run from various stops in London about every 10 minutes (take about 90 minutes). The two bus companies running services are:

Buses from Heathrow Airport run every 30 minutes (takes about 1 hour) and Gatwick Airport run every 1 hour (takes about 2 hours). Both buses are run by:

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