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University of Cambridge
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    Professor Nick Mundy

    01223 336657
    Murray Edwards College
    CB3 0DF

    Professorial Fellow in Zoology; Director of Studies

    Natural Sciences (Biological)


    There is a palpable sense of momentum in the College.

    Degrees and honours 

    BA, VetMB, Ph.D.


    It feels as if my career has involved a tour of biology - Veterinary studies here at Cambridge, PhD in Developmental Neurobiology at UCL, internship in the Botany Department, Natural History Museum and a 2-year stay a the Primate Research Centre in Gabon. I finally settled in the field of evolutionary genetics which over the last 20 years took me to the University of California, San Diego and the Department of Biological Anthropology, Oxford, before arriving back in Cambridge. My research focuses on the genes involved in the evolution of coloration and colour vision in birds and primates. I have been a Fellow at Murray Edwards for 7 years, originally as Director of Studies for all of the Biologists and more recently focusing on teaching evolutionary biology over the three years.


    Mundy, N. I. et al. (2016) Red ketocarotenoid pigmentation in the zebra finch is controlled by a cytochrome P450 gene cluster. Current Biology (in press)

    Corso, J., Bowler, M., Heymann, E. W., Roos, C., and  N. I. Mundy (2016) Highly polymorphic colour vision in a New World monkey with red facial skin, the bald uakari (Cacajao calvus) Proc. Roy Soc. B. (in press)

    Mundy, N. I. et al. (2004) Conserved genetic basis of a quantitative plumage trait involved in mate choice. Science 303, 1870-1873.