|Seminars and Events at the MVZ and
on the Berkeley Campus
Natural Histsory Museums Biodiversity Informatics
Click here for a
weekly listing of seminars in Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental
The MVZ holds an annual open house in conjunction with UC Berkeley's
Cal Day, with special displays
that highlight the collections and diversity of vertebrates. Visitors
get a chance to see and handle a variety of live animals, including snakes,
and to chat with faculty, staff, and students about research or classes
on biology and natural history at UC Berkeley. This is the only day of
the year that the Museum is open to the public. Click here
for recent Cal Day pictures from the MVZ.
Berkeley Natural History Museums Calender
The Berkeley Natural History Museums host a number of
public events on campus. To see what's happening, check out the BNHM calender
MVZ News Feed
Dec 16, 2014 Joseph Grinnell Medal 2015 Recipient
Dr. Robert Ricklefs
Ecologist and ornithologist Dr. Robert Ricklefs was awarded the prestigious 2015 Joseph Grinnell Medal of the U.C. Berkeley Museum of Vertebrate Zoology.
This award is given every five years to a senior scientist who exemplifies a commitment to natural history research and is making fundamental empirical and conceptual contributions to ecology and evolution. The award was established in 1983 and named after Joseph Grinnell, the founding director of the U.C. Berkeley Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. Past recipients include George A. Bartholomew, James H. Brown, David B. Wake, Peter and Rosemary Grant, and Michael J. Ryan.
Robert Ricklefs is a Curators’ Professor of Biology at the University of Missouri and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He has dedicated his career to understanding the origin, maintenance, and significance of diversity in nature. He has made fundamental contributions to our understanding of biogeography, especially of oceanic islands, the evolution and ecology of life history variation, and disease ecology.
Ricklefs has been a forceful advocate for the importance of “natural history observation and thinking”. He is the author of several seminal textbooks and over 300 peer-reviewed articles. Through his work, Ricklefs has played an important role in shaping both popular culture and scientific thought.
Learn more about Robert Ricklefs.
Image courtesy of Susanne Renner
Dec 03, 2014 BIG THANKS
A very Big Thanks to everyone who participated in the Big Give on November 20, 2014! UC Berkeley raised $5.3 million from 7,336 donors.
Thank you for being part of UC Berkeley history!