Zoology at Trinity College Dublin
Zoology congratulates our graduate Professor William (Bill) Campbell (BA Zoology 1952) for winning the Nobel prize in Medicine 2015 for his work in parasitology.
All of us in Zoology are immensely proud of Professor Campbell. Bill’s development of the drug Ivermectin has had a massive impact on the world, saving millions from diseases caused by parasites. This award to Bill underscores the impact that zoologists can have upon the world by understanding how animals, parasites and microbes interact and by using that knowledge to develop new ways to tackle human and animal diseases. As a zoologist, Bill was certainly ahead of his time, his research underlines the importance of the very modern concept of ‘One Health’ which promotes an understanding of parasite ecology and its interactions with wild and domestic animals, humans and their environment. This integrated view of zoology is very much in keeping with the training that we give to zoologists today.
This video tells the story of the Nobel prize winning discovery of Ivermectin as told by Professor Campbell at a talk in Trinity in 2012, introduced by Professor Celia Holland
We make discoveries, educate and engage society in the science of whole organisms with a particular focus on animals. Through our research, education and engagement with society we advance scientific understanding and contribute solutions to global challenges to the environment, health and human wellbeing.
We research and teach whole organism biology from genes to ecosystems including: animal behavior, ecology, environmental science, evolution, development, physiology, parasitology and wildlife biology. Our work supports applications in environmental decisions, health for people, animals and the environment (One Health), ecosystem management, conservation, restoration and environmental monitoring.
Zoology is one of the four disciplines in the School of Natural Sciences, including Botany, Geography, and Geology, and continues to be one of the most popular undergraduate degree choices in Science at Trinity.Zoology graduates can be found literally all over the world, including a permanent presence in Antarctica (Manahan Peak, named after a 1976 graduate).
The Zoology Department comprises ten full-time academics, who, along with adjunct staff cover a wide range of research areas. Our work is international in scope with ongoing research in Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe and Ireland. Academic staff in Zoology co-ordinate the Zoology, Environmental Sciences and Functional Biology degrees and we contribute to teaching in Plant Sciences, Medicine and Physiology.