Basking sharks not basking in the limelight

The Irish government must pass environmental legislation to protect these vulnerable creatures

In Ireland, we have many graceful creatures; however none have proven to be quite as mysterious as the basking shark.

Basking sharks are the second-largest living shark at nearly 12 metres long, sporting large gaping mouths. Despite their fearsome exterior,


Ghost Fishing is haunting, but not the end of seafood

Offshore fishing practices can have harmful effects, but that doesn’t mean we have to give up seafood for good.

In recent years, the environmental impacts of beef farming have been the main focus of mainstream media, however  there is a lot to say about our consumption of seafood and the detrimental impacts of the fishing industry. 

The term ghost


“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