Dust feeds the Amazon and fertilises depleted oceans: feeding phytoplankton which in turn absorbs carbon emissions. It affects climate by absorbing or scattering light, and through its role in climate formation. Dr Johanna von Holdt, then a PhD researcher in the Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences, is working to understand dust emissions from the Namib desert in Namibia, and has published her data on ZivaHub: Open Data UCT as part of a drive to create a consolidated data set of dust emissions globally.
“It’s not just golfers who enjoy spending a day on the course,” says Dr Rob Little, manager of the Centre of Excellence at the Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology. “Geese are also drawn to their luscious, irrigated lawns interspersed with artificial water bodies.” Fortunately, research by Little and colleagues suggests there are ways the geese and golfers can co-exist.
The much anticipated National Water and Sanitation Master Plan was launched on Thursday, 28 November, by Minister Lindiwe Sisulu of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation. The plan is a comprehensive collection of actions and schedule that aims to address backlogs in infrastructure investment, institutional reform in water resource management and the required capital and financial investment. Dr Kevin Winter from UCT's Future Water Institute gives an review of the plan.
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. Maano Ramutsindela Dean: Faculty of Science