SEAmester - South Africa's Class Afloat which aims to introduce marine science as an applied and cross-disciplinary field to students, sets sail the polar research vessel SA Agulhas, on 5th July 2016 with 41 students selected from 15 Universities and Technikon's in South Africa. On this voyage, the students will combine theoretical class-room learning and the application of this knowledge through ship-based, hands-on research activities
For 15 years over 10 000 free-drifting Argo robotic floats have gathered essential data on the salinity and temperatures of the world’s oceans, vital to new understandings of climate change. Professor Isabelle Ansorge from the Department of Oceanography at UCT is one of a multinational group of authors whose paper has been accepted in Nature Climate Change shows how this flotilla of floats has helped scientists over the years compile a comprehensive baseline of the physical state of oceans.
Research by scientists from UCT and Swansea University, has shown how canny baboons living on the edge of Cape Town are occasionally able to get around the management strategies put in place ot prevent them raiding the urban environment.
Geoology graduate Tamzon Jacobs who isgraduating with an MSc in Chemical Engineering, tells of her journey from an impoverished community, overcoming the odds to get her matric while working in retail, to coming near the top of her class and completing an honours in Geochemistry and now working as a mineralogist on one of the largest copper mines in Zambia