Dr Megan Murgatroyd and Associate Professor Arjun Amar, from UCT's FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, were commissioned by the UK Government to lead an international study that found that the young hen harriers (a bird of prey) in the United Kingdom (UK) suffer abnormally high mortality compared to other populations across their range.
During National Water Week this week, the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) African Centre for Cities (ACC) released a new paper which warns that the Cape Town drought has powerful climate-change adaptation lessons for other South African municipalities. Associate Professor Gina Ziervogel's paper, titled “Unpacking the Cape Town Drought: Lessons Learnt”, aims at ensuring that these lessons will serve to inform other municipalities addressing the issue of drought and water insecurity.
The rag in Professor Kelly Chibale’s rags-to-riches story is the lit one he used to put into a paraffin-filled tub so that he could study at night. Brought up amid violence and squalor in the Zambian copper belt settlement of Kabulanda — whose name, he says, literally denotes “sadness” — Professor Chibale has fashioned a successful career from a tough start.
UCT mathematical physicist Professor Jeff Murugan explains how applying topology – or the study of shapes in space – to big data can help solve real-world problems. As a mathematical physicist and ‘experimental’ mathematician, Professor Jeff Murugan’s day job revolves around ideas in string theory, quantum gravity and quantum chaos, or as he describes it: “identifying patterns pretty much anywhere that I can find them”.
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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