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.
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.
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
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.
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. Anton le Roex Dean: Faculty of Science