Wednesday, 19 January 2022
UCT researchers win big at NRF Awards

Five researchers from the University of Cape Town (UCT) have been recognised for their outstanding achievements and contributions to society at this year’s National Research Foundation (NRF) Awards Ceremony.  Professor Rachel Wynberg from the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science received the NRF Public Engagement in Research Award.

Publication Date:
Thu, 02 Dec 2021 - 10:45
Statistical ecology can unlock the power of biodiversity data in Africa

Africa boasts an immensely rich diversity of plant and animal species: the building blocks of healthy ecosystems. Yet, the projected loss of wild habitats and species threatens biodiversity and human well-being. The emerging field of statistical ecology offers great promise to meet these challenges. This discipline uses growing datasets and innovative analytical methods to tackle important questions in biodiversity science and management and offers opportunities for African researchers to develop local solutions to the continent’s ecological challenges. 

Publication Date:
Thu, 02 Dec 2021 - 10:00
New findings about prehistoric flying animal life

A University of Cape Town (UCT) palaeobiologist is part of a new study that changes the way we think about the Late Cretaceous period, around 100 million years ago.  Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan, of the Department of Biological Sciences, is among the scientists who contributed to a paper published in Cretaceous Research that revealed that newly hatched gigantic pterosaurs, the flying relatives of dinosaurs, probably out-competed the adults of smaller pterosaur species.

Publication Date:
Mon, 22 Nov 2021 - 20:00
UCT’s Rebecca Ackermann appointed to prestigious journal

Professor Rebecca Ackermann has been appointed to the editorial board of the prestigious scientific journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. Professor Ackermann is a biological anthropologist, professor in the Department of Archaeology, and the deputy director of the Human Evolution Research Institute (HERI) at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

Publication Date:
Mon, 22 Nov 2021 - 19:45