It takes a village to raise a child – even if you’re the smallest raptor in Africa. According to new research from scientists in UCT's FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, pygmy falcon pairs with more offspring have a better chance of raising healthy chicks when they form groups with helpers. Dr Diana Bolopo from the Department of Biological Sciences is lead author on the paper and Dr Robert Thomson supervised the research
University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers have used Google Images to track the dietary habits of the Martial Eagle, Africa’s largest eagle, gaining new data from regions where the species has never previously been studied. This input from citizen scientists could shape many aspects of future research.
Professor Susan Bourne, Interim Dean of the Faculty of Science, was one of 12 women in the world awarded the prestigious International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) 2019 Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering award.
UCT's African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) is serious about developing young climate-change professionals. Luleka Dlamini, a former intern at the ACDI, is currently studying towards a Master's degree in Environmental & Geographical Science. She encourages others to pursue opportunities in the climate-related fields.
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. Susan Bourne Interim Dean: Faculty of Science