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Botany started in this University in 1711. Over the ensuing centuries we have grown to a discipline of nine academic positions, four technical positions, an executive officer, a herbarium assistant, several research fellows and ~30 Ph.D. students.

Plant Sciences and Environmental Sciences graduates 2017/18

The core of the Discipline is the handsome Botany building with its unique international herbarium. We also occupy laboratory and office space in nearby buildings, as well as the College Botanic Gardens at Dartry.

Our research covers the role of pollinating insects in ensuring a harvest in some major crop plants; the flux of gases in agricultural soils and their potential influences on climate change; the discovery of plant species new to science in the forests of South-east Asia and Central America; the sustainable treatment of sewage sludge and mining wastes; and the impacts of fire on Irish vegetation, over a timescale ranging from decades to millennia. Part of these activities finds a focus through the Trinity Centre for Biodiversity Research.

Our research informs our teaching. We run two undergraduate programmes through the Department leading to degrees in Plant Sciences and Environmental Sciences, and run the degree programme in Functional Biology jointly with the Zoology Department. We contribute to the M.Sc. programmes in Biodiversity & Conservation and in Environmental Sciences, and to other undergraduate degree programmes in the School of Natural Sciences.

We hope our website provides you with a good introduction. If, however, you require further information, feel free to contact us directly. You are also welcome to visit should you be in Dublin; we are proud of our city centre campus and of our Discipline.

Jennifer McElwain
Head of Botany