Monday, 28 September 2020
Mask education project burgeons into creative remote teaching collaboration

What started out as a fieldwork project for 10 postgraduate computer science and information systems students at the University of Cape Town (UCT) burgeoned into a multifaceted, interdisciplinary, creative learning experience using remote teaching and design thinking.

Publication Date:
Tue, 18 Aug 2020 - 13:00
Parasitic finches mimic their hosts to deceive foster parents

Research recently published in the journal Evolution shows that the nestlings of brood-parasitic finches mimic the appearance, sound and movements of their host’s chicks. Working in the savannas of Zambia, Dr Gabriel Jamie, a research associate at the FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology at UCT and a team of international collaborators, including collected images, sounds and videos over four years to demonstrate this striking and highly specialised form of mimicry.  Professor Claire Spottiswoode from the FitzPatrick Institute at UCT is co-author of the paper.

Publication Date:
Fri, 14 Aug 2020 - 09:15
Return Mail Campaign Reveals Two Tap Water Worlds Across SA

Ruan de Wet, an MSc student in the Department of Biological Sciences, whose research was just published in Scientific Reports, in collaboration with Associate Professor Adam West and Professor Chris Harris, used the Post Office to assist them in getting a National-level dataset of tapwater in South Africa.  The researched revealed that there is seasonal variation in tap water isotopes, which reveals two tap water worlds.

Publication Date:
Thu, 13 Aug 2020 - 09:30
Three ways to secure the ocean’s survival

Humanity must change its relationship with the ocean, a shared global commons, to stave off a collapse of the world’s marine environment and resources, says a new paper, “A transition to sustainable ocean governance”, published in Nature Communications. The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Dr Philile Mbatha from the Department of Enironmental & Geographical Science is a contributing author.

Publication Date:
Wed, 22 Jul 2020 - 09:30