Department History

The Department of Zoology and Environmental Biology came into being in 2004/2005 academic session as a modification of the Department of Zoology, formerly Zoology Unit, Department of Biological Sciences, which originated within the Calabar Campus of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, set up during the 1973/1974 academic session. After establishment of the University of Calabar on October 1, 1975, the Department of Biological Sciences started operating within Faculty of Science in the University of Calabar.

The Department of Biological Sciences was administered by a Head of Department, appointed by the Vice-Chancellor for period ranging from 2-3 years at the time, and was until 2001, run as four functional units: namely Biology, Botany, Microbiology and Zoology with four units heads.

The Department of Zoology and Environmental Biology strives to provide educational and research opportunities for individuals interested in Zoology and its related sciences. It also provided service opportunities through dissemination and application of knowledge and skills as required in industries and public services. To realize these goals, the department offers a four year undergraduate and post graduate programmes. The undergraduate programme prepares students for careers in research and employment.

In the 2007/2008 session, the B.Sc Marine Science (CES) programmes specifically Marine Biology and Fisheries and Aquaculture hitherto domiciled in the Institute of Oceanography was moved to the Department of Zoology and Environmental Biology by the senate of the University of Calabar.

The programmes are now administered by the Head of Department with coordinators for the various units.

The domiciliation has now paved way for the establishment of the NUC B.Sc Marine Biology and Fisheries and Aquaculture Programmes in Zoology and Environmental Biology Department.

These NUC programmes commenced in 2009/2010 Session.

PAST HEADS OF THE FORMER DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
S/No  HEAD OF DEPT.  YEAR 
Professor U. K. Enyenihi  1975 – 1980 
Professor T. V. Chako  1980 – 1882 
Professor E. D. Okon  1982 – 1988 
Professor E. J. Usua  1988 – 1990 
Professor E. I. Braide  1990 – 1992 
Professor S. P. Antai  1992 – 1996 
Prof. N. Umeche  1996 – 1997 
Prof. B. F. Madunagu  1997 – 1999 
Prof. D. N. Omokaro (Late)  1999 – 2001 
PAST HEADS OF DEPARTMENT OF ZOOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY
S/No  HEAD OF DEPT.  YEAR 
Prof. P. B. Udoh  2001 – 2003 
Prof. S. B. Ekanem  2003 – 2005 
Prof. C. B. Ndome  2005 – 2007 
Dr. E. Ekpenyong  2007 – 2009 
Prof. O. E. Okon  2009 – 2011 
Prof. (Mrs.) E. E. Oku  2011 – 2013 
Prof. Joe Asor  2013 – 2014 
Dr. Udeme U. Udofia  2014 – 2016 
Dr. Gabriel A. Arong  2016 - Date