The population of Africa's largest eagle species is in freefall in South Africa, and may be soaring towards extinction, according to a new study based on changes in sighting rates over the last twenty years. The research was conducted by Dr Arjun Amar and PhD student Daniël Cloete from the FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology in the Department of Biological Science at UCT.
Researchers at the University of Cape Town (UCT) are playing a critical role in creating knowledge in South Africa and building an inclusive scientific community. That was the message for six UCT academics who were celebrated for their contributions and research excellence at the 2017 National Research Foundation (NRF) Awards last night. Three of the six are from the Faculty of Science, namely Professor Anusuya Chinsamy Turan, Professor Peter Ryan and ProfessorGeorge Janelidze
Three PhD students from the Climate System Analysis Group (CSAG) in the Department of Environmental & Geographical Science, have been selected for the University of Cape Town, University of East Anglia Climate Change PhD research exchange partnership.
An innovative Upper Triassic–Lower Jurassic magnetic barcode developed during the PhD research of Dr Lara Sciscio, of UCT’s Department of Geological Sciences, provides a relative age that aids in configuring the timeline and occurrence of the end-Triassic mass extinction event and Early Jurassic post-extinction recovery in the Southern Hemisphere.
Nyasha Chimhandamba, an honours student in the Department of Molecular & Cell Biology was the winner of UCT Famelab finals and KolisaSinyanya, a PhD researcher in the Department of Oceanography was the runner up. Nyasha will represent UCT at the national competition early next year and will compete for a chance to travel to the international finals to be held mid year in 2018.
UCT is the first university in Africa to offer a specialist degree designed to equip students with skill and knowledge to embrace the technological revolution in the financial services sector. The new interdisciplinary degree is convened together with the Department of Statistical Sciences.
According to Dr Kevin Winter, from the Department of Environmental & Geographical Science and the UCT Future Water Institute and Water Task Team, UCT’s campuses are largely underprepared for managing the ongoing drought.
Palaeobiologists Dr Delphine Angst and Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan, from the Department of Biological Sciences at UCT, in collaboration with scientists from the National History Museum (NHM) in London, UK, have for the first time uncovered information on when the dodo laid their eggs and when they renewed their feathers.
Three new shrimp species with interesting habitat preferences have been discovered along a tiny stretch of coastline along Miller’s Point in False Bay. The finding also uncovered the first known symbiotic relationship between a shrimp and a cephalopod. The finds were made by Craig Foster, a free-diving wildlife documentary film-make and photographer and marine biologist Emeritus Professor Charles Griffiths, from the Marine Research Institute in the Department of Biological Sciences.
The UCT Sports Centre was abuzz with junior scientists taking part in the annual Cape Town Expo for Young Scientists. Science Faculty staff and postgraduate students were judges at the event and gave students feedback on their projects...
UCT marine scientists professors Peter Ryan and John Bolton and Dr Sarah Fawcett were recently honoured at the South African Network for Coastal and Oceanic Research's (SANCOR) triennial awards at the Southern Afrcain Marine Science Symposium (SAMSS) in Port Elizabeth.