Associate Professor Marcello Vichi, from the Department of Oceanography, will be the Chief Scientist on a cruise to the marginal ice zone of Antarctica, which leaves this week. He and his students are the sea ice team that is setting off on an expedition to measure the marginal ice zone in the Southern Ocean.
Anyone who has spent a bit of time at UCT will know about the (in)famous Red-winged Starlings on campus.
These birds have developed a reputation at the university for being sly lunch thieves – many students can tell stories about starlings swooping past their heads on Jammie plaza in pursuit of a sandwich or some other treat. The FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology is now doing research on our favourite campus mascots, looking at how these city-slicking birds cope with highly variable food quality and quantity in urban environments.
Some might say that the buzzword for UCT during 2016 was ‘transformation’. The head of the Department of Oceanography, Professor Isabelle Ansorge, heard the call to action and answered with the creation and launch of SEAmester - South Africa's first floating university classroom.
A partnership between the University of Cape Town, Stellenbosch Municipality and the Western Cape government is turning an abandoned water treatment facility in Franschhoek into a centre for water reuse research and innovation. The goal of The Water Hub, as the project has been named, is to demonstrate how effectively natural water systems can clean storm water runoff. Dr Kevin Winter from Environmental & Geographical Science is Research Director of the Water Hub.