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Rosemary Iriowen Egonmwan

Professor of Environmental Physiology of Animals, University of Lagos

Rosemary Iriowen Egonmwan is a professor of environmental physiology of animals in the Department of Zoology, University of Lagos.
She is currently the head of the Natural Resources Conservation Unit in the department. Prof. Egonmwan had her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Lagos in 1977 and 1981 respectively. She holds a D.Phil. (Zoology) from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom (1988).
As a student, she was a recipient of various scholarships such the Bendel State Best WASC Students’ Academic Scholarship (1972-1974), Academic Merit Award for Best Year 1 student, Faculty of Science, University of Lagos, and Federal Government of Nigeria scholarship (1975-1977), University of Lagos Academic Bursary Award (1978-1980), and Commonwealth Academic Scholar (University of Oxford, 1984-9188). Prof. Egonmwan started her lecturing career in 1982 in the University of Lagos when she was employed as an assistant lecturer in 1982, and rose to the position of a full professor in 2007.
Her current research is on animal ecophysiology, ecotoxicology and conservation.
She has served the university, and the nation, at the state and federal levels, in various capacities. In the department, she has served as course adviser, postgraduate coordinator, acting, and head of the Department of Zoology, and head, Natural Resources Conservation Unit. She has also served at the Faculty level on Member, Appointment and Promotion, and Endowment Committees.
Egonmwan was a board member of Lagos University Teaching Hospital for four years (2012- 2016). In Edo State (where she hails from) she served as the chair of the Committee of Enquiry in the Edo State Polytechnic. At the federal level, she served as a member, Nigeria National Think Tank. During one of her sabbatical years, she worked a senior environmental advisor to Shell. Prof. Egonmwan is a member of many professional bodies such as the Marine Biological Association of Great Britain, Malacological Society of London, Unitas Malacologica, Ecological Society of Nigeria, Science Association of Nigeria, OWSD, Unilag Branch (where she doubles up as a board of governors member), Nigeria Conservation Foundation, among others. She is a Fellow,
Zoological Society of Nigeria and Zoological Society of London.
The services of Prof. Egonmwan in the University of Lagos have spanned for over four decades. She has successfully supervised 10 PhD candidates. She is currently supervising two PhD students.
In March 2023, Prof. Egonmwan was appointed the chairman of the board of Vitafoam Nigeria Plc.


  • –present
    Professor of Environmental Physiology of Animals, University of Lagos