University of Cape Town (UCT) applied mathematician and fisheries scientist Professor Emeritus Doug Butterworth has been awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon by the Emperor of Japan for his contribution to the sustainable management of the country’s fisheries.
Urban rat poisons are spilling over into Cape Town’s natural environment, threatening species such as caracal, mongoose, otter and owl.
Anticoagulant rat poisons are infiltrating Cape Town’s peri-urban wildlife food chains, according to a team of University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers in the Institute for Communities and Wildlife in Africa (iCWild).
Recent research by an international team, involving the University of Cape Town (UCT), investigated how a future, warmer Arctic could impact the algae that live in sea ice – and form the base of the marine food web there. To do this, the team used modelling to predict how growth of sea-ice algae could change as our climate does. Associate Professor Marcello Vichi from the Department of Oceanography co-authored the study.
Their findings show that the impact of declines in sea ice on sea-ice algae – and the rest of the food web – in the Arctic is likely to be drastic and complex across the region
Why does success continue to elude Africa? It was a bold question at the start of Africa Month and archaeologist Professor Shadreck Chirikure provided some answers in his 3 May inaugural lecture, sharing insights from deep history and archaeology.
Home to approximately 2 600 students, of which some 36% are postgraduate research students registered in the 12 academic departments – Archaeology, Astronomy, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental & Geographical Science, Geological Sciences, Mathematics & Applied Mathematics, Molecular & Cell Biology, Oceanography, Physics and Statistical Sciences.
Undergraduate teaching is a cornerstone of our activities and the Faculty offers 21 different majors, with possibilities to co-major in subjects located in other Faculties. Our majors are loosely organised into three clusters – those in the biology, earth and environmental sciences, those in the chemical and molecular sciences, and those in the numerical and physical sciences. Our Bachelor of Science degree leads naturally on to a number of different Honours degrees that relate to the undergraduate major(s) offered by the various departments.
The Faculty of Science prides itself on the high regard in which it is held by the international academic community, reflected in part by international world university and subject rankings. According to the latest QS rankings, the Science Faculty at UCT places in the band 51-100 top universities in the Earth and Marine Sciences and in the band 101-150 in the Biological and Environmental Sciences.
The Faculty prides itself on its strong teaching programmes, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and on the strength of its research enterprise. With well developed international links with researchers across the world, the Faculty is a major contributor to cutting-edge, globally relevant research. Susan Bourne Interim Dean: Faculty of Science