Phytoplankton are primary producers of the marine ecosystem suggesting that the marine food web primarily depends on phytoplankton.
But there’s more to it than just water temperature. Microscopic organisms known as phytoplankton are the main drivers of this “biological pump” process. Kolisa Yola Sinyanyaa PhD candidate in the Department of Oceanography, is researching these phytoplankton communities and their interactions with nutrients within ocean systems.
On her recent birthday University of Cape Town (UCT) alumnus Dr Roberta Griffiths received a rather unusual gift: a framed photograph of an amphipod, or sea shrimp, that has been named in her honour. And about time, as everyone else in her family had a species named after them many years ago.
There are many parts to Ntebogang Segone’s graduation story: Small-town boy heads to the Mother City to pursue his academic dreams. Or, comeback kid proves he deserves his place at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Possibly: How the student leader managed to juggle it all. But, ultimately, Segone’s 17 April graduation is all about one woman.
Seven young University of Cape Town (UCT) scholars are among the inaugural 2019 cohort of Future Leaders – African Independent Research (FLAIR) Fellows. FLAIR Fellowships are awarded to talented African early-career researchers who have the potential to become leaders in their fields. Dr Sarah Fawcett and Dr Wade Petersen from the Faculty of Science are two of the 15 cohort from South Africa.
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