Sunday, 21 January 2018
Shark Spotters successfully balancing water user safety with shark conservation

Cape Town has an innovative and progressive programme aimed at reducing negative interactions between white sharks and recreational water users - the Shark Spotter programme.  Research by PhD student Tamlyn Engelbrecht, from the Department of Biological Sciences at UCT has just been published a paper in PLoS ONE which addresses the question of how this programme works effectively.  The paper is also authored by Professor Justin O' Riain,  Director of the Institute for Communities and Wildlife in Africa (iCWild), which is housed in the Department of Biological Sciences. 

Publication Date:
Monday, October 30, 2017 - 12:15
Meet the giant dinosaur that roamed southern Africa 200 million years ago

During the Early Jurassic, around 200 million years ago, small and agile two-legged carnivorous dinosaurs called theropods roamed the ancient landscapes. In southern Africa, we know of their existence from their rare body fossils but also, importantly, from their fossil footprints. Now a team from the Department of Geological Sciences at UCT led by Dr Lara Sciscio, has made a new discovery, which reveals unexpectedly that very large carnivorous dinosaurs with an estimated body length of between 8 to 9 meters (the size of a two story building) – lived in southern Africa too.

Publication Date:
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 08:45
UCT’s new Fellows

Four of the eleven new Fellows inducted into UCT's prestigious College of Fellows are from the Faculty of Science.  They are: Professor Bruce Hewitson, Department of Environmental and Geographical Science; Professor Chris Reason, Department of Oceanography; Professor Peter Dunsby, Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics and Professor Peter Ryan, Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology.

Furthermore, two of the six recipients of the Young Researcher Award are also from the Science Faculty.  They are: Dr Alvaro de la Cruz-Dombriz and Dr Juana Sanchez-Ortega, both from the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics

Publication Date:
Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 12:30
Ocean Stewards inspired by ‘beach-bum extraordinaire’

For those who are truly lucky, there will be that one teacher that makes a life-long impact. ThinkDead Poets Society – an enigma in whose class you never fall asleep, where an hour passes in the blink of an eye and whose pearls of wisdom remain ensconced in memory for all times. Such a teacher opens your eyes to unimagined possibilities, pushing you to explore boundaries and tap into an intellectual reserve of curiosity. Professor George Branch from the Department of Biological Science, is one such rare soul.

Publication Date:
Monday, October 16, 2017 - 11:15