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Zoology and Physiology

Dear Friends,


I’m writing you to thank you for all your steadfast support through the years! Also, I’d like to inform you of an up-coming opportunity to continue contributing to the success of the Department of Zoology and Physiology at the University of Wyoming.

Over the past four years our department experienced some contraction. Many of our leading faculty have retired (Harold Bergman, Steve Buskirk, Nick Fuzessery, Hank Harlow) or left for other positions (Bob Hall, Donal Skinner). Despite these losses we continue the departmental legacy of excellence. We keep training many of Wyoming’s youth with 422 undergraduate majors in Physiology (199), Wildlife and Fisheries (128) and Zoology (95). We attract some of the best graduate students (36 MSc and 38 PhD) and are proud of our research productivity (154 publications in 2016-2017 [3.5 per faculty per year] and $21,893,681 in 96 research grants).

I’m happy to report that after a long stretch of faculty losses we are turning a corner. This year we will be hiring 3 new assistant professors: a sensory biologist, an aquatic ecologist, and a movement modeler. The financial support for these new and exciting positions was obtained through a mix of university funds, grant money, and private donations. Yes, support from our generous donors has helped us succeed in the past and will help us going forward!

The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is UW Giving Day. This year, it occurs on Nov. 28. It’s an annual tradition that coincides with Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving that follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday where after addressing one’s own needs they can turn around and share with others. The #UWGivingDay website is It will go live on that day only, and all gifts on that day will be counted towards the Giving Day total.

As the new department chair, I would like to ask you to consider supporting the Zoology and Physiology department on Nov. 28.  Please know that gifts of any size make a difference for our students and faculty, and we couldn’t achieve our goals without you!  Don’t hesitate to email or call if you have questions.

Merav Ben-David

Professor and department head

Department of Zoology and Physiology


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Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-4207

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