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Microscopic marine creatures driving Earth’s temperature
Mon, 15 Apr 2019 - 09:30

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 Sinyanya a PhD candidate in the Department of Oceanography, is researching these phytoplankton communities and their interactions with nutrients within ocean systems. 

My family and other animals
Thu, 11 Apr 2019 - 13:15

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.

‘This is my mother’s graduation’
Mon, 08 Apr 2019 - 12:00

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.

Inaugural African fellowships for young UCT scholars
Mon, 08 Apr 2019 - 10:15

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.

Professor Michael Feast: 1926–2019
Thu, 04 Apr 2019 - 11:45

Emeritus Professor Michael William Feast died peacefully early on the morning of 1 April 2019, aged 92. He is survived by his wife Connie, three children and eight grand-children.

Priceless climate-change data haul from Antarctica
Tue, 02 Apr 2019 - 12:45

The thousands of seawater, ice and plankton samples brought home by the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) 2019 Weddell Sea Expedition (WSE) research group may take up to five years to analyse and interpret.

But the data yielded by this stockpile will be priceless in understanding changes to the Antarctic ice shelves and their role in climate change.

Prof Rybicki named UCT’s most prolific inventor
Mon, 01 Apr 2019 - 13:45

The Department of Science & Technology’s (DST) National Intellectual Property Office (NIPMO) has recognised Professor Edward Rybicki as the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) most prolific inventor.

‘Never let a good crisis go to waste’
Fri, 29 Mar 2019 - 12:45

“Never let a good crisis go to waste.” That’s the view expressed by Craig Kesson, chief resilience officer at the City of Cape Town, in the wake of the recent water crisis and a far-too-close-for-comfort brush with Day Zero – the day the taps would run dry.

Young UCT researchers working with top climate scientists
Wed, 27 Mar 2019 - 11:30

Two young UCT scientists are among the eight UCT-based authors of the next major assessment report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Since attending the inaugural author meeting in China in June 2018, Dr Rondrotiana Barimalala and Dr Izidine Pinto have been delving deep into the literature, assessing the state of the science on climate change.

Retired UCT Science Faculty academic wins ‘Nobel’ water prize
Wed, 27 Mar 2019 - 11:00

Dr Jackie King, winner of the 2019 Stockholm Water Prize, will receive her award from HM King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden at a royal ceremony in August. She is a UCT alumnus and retired academic

UCT research identifies wildlife crime hot spots in the United Kingdom
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 - 11:00

Dr Megan Murgatroyd and Associate Professor Arjun Amar, from UCT's FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, were commissioned by the UK Government to lead an international study that found that the young hen harriers (a bird of prey) in the United Kingdom (UK) suffer abnormally high mortality compared to other populations across their range.


Cape Town drought a lesson for SA
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 - 08:00

During National Water Week this week, the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) African Centre for Cities (ACC) released a new paper which warns that the Cape Town drought has powerful climate-change adaptation lessons for other South African municipalities.  Associate Professor Gina Ziervogel's paper, titled “Unpacking the Cape Town Drought: Lessons Learnt”, aims at ensuring that these lessons will serve to inform other municipalities addressing the issue of drought and water insecurity.