“Bringing data to life”: Statisticians in the fight against climate change

Dr Caroline Brophy’s research uses statistical methods to assess biodiversity and ecosystems

Statistics, according to Professor Caroline Brophy, an Associate Professor of Statistics at Trinity, is the ability to give data meaning. “Statistics is really about making a story from data,” Brophy says. “It’s really about bringing data to life.”

Data refers


Explained: Covid-19 Variants

Emerging Covid-19 variants globally highlight the importance of vaccination

As new strains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus have emerged in the UK, South Africa, and, most recently, in Japan, it is easy to worry about what this means for all of us, from changes to the ease of transmission to


The vital role of zoos in conservation

Ex-situ conservation and other programmes could be endangered animals’ saving grace

Zoos have been around for centuries. Once a symbol of royalty and power, zoos are now major players in saving endangered species and conserving wildlife. But what role do zoos play in our conservation efforts today? 

Conservation is the protection,


Trinity report on sexual violence and its effects in Ireland is the first in the country in two decades

The research highlights the importance of the availability of mental health supports for survivors

A study published by Trinity alongside Maynooth University shows that one-third of all adults have experienced some form of sexual violence in their lives. The study is based on a sample of 1,000 Irish adults, and the research was focused


Trinity ecologists monitor biodiversity in Japan using acoustic surveys

The research was hindered by human noise pollution alongside “noisy” local cicada insects

Trinity ecologists, as part of a collaborative team, have published new research using recordings of animal noises to assess biodiversity across 23 field sites in a sub-tropical region of Japan. 

The team has assessed how effective these were for pinpointing


The Science behind the New Book of Kells display

New innovations in the case will help to preserve the artefact for future generations

Trinity unveiled its new Book of Kells display case in the Old Library in September, introducing a case that was exclusively designed by Goppion, an Italian manufacturing and design company that has created one of a kind display cases for


Sunday longread: The science behind the new College Green wildflower meadow

The Trinity Campus Pollinator Plan is committed to helping bees

Trinity has shown its commitment to the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan (AIPP) by creating the Trinity Campus Pollinator Plan. Its aims include replacing lawns on campus with wildflower gardens, reducing the use of pesticides, and creating spaces for pollinators. These actions


Trinity researchers awarded prestigious funding for dementia research

TILDA researchers will collaborate with two other universities to better understand the causes of dementia

Trinity researchers have been awarded a highly competitive US National Institute of Health (NIH) grant to research determinants of physical and brain health in ageing. These scientists, as part of the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), contribute key research


Trinity research outlines which toothbrush is best for the environment

A hypothetical continued recyclable plastic toothbrush would be better than bamboo toothbrushes

Researchers at Trinity College Dublin have collaborated with the Eastman Dental Institute at University College London to produce a paper on the effects that toothbrushes have on the environment and human health. One of the findings in the paper states