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Developing young climate-change professionals
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 - 12:00

UCT's African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) is serious about developing young climate-change professionals.  Luleka Dlamini, a former intern at the ACDI, is currently studying towards a Master's degree in Environmental & Geographical Science.  She encourages others to pursue opportunities in  the climate-related fields.

Developing young climate-change professionals
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 - 12:00

UCT's African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) is serious about developing young climate-change professionals.  Luleka Dlamini, a former intern at the ACDI, is currently studying towards a Master's degree in Environmental & Geographical Science.  She encourages others to pursue opportunities in  the climate-related fields.

New automated shark-spotting project
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 - 13:00

After 15 years of using trained observers (spotters) to successfully reduce the risk of shark bites in Cape Town, the Shark Spotters programme – in collaboration with the UCT's  Institute for Communities and Wildlife in Africa and PatternLab SaRL – is launching a research project aimed at creating an automated shark spotting system that will enhance their existing pioneering sustainable shark safety service.

Global networking: Empowering Women in Chemistry
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 - 11:30

A group of 40 women (and one man!) gathered at Stellenbosch Botanical Gardens on 12 February to participate in a global networking event called Empowering Women in Chemistry.  Professor Susan Bourne  and Dr Cesarina Edmonds-Smith, from the Department of Chemistry were invited to participate in a panel discussion.

Conservation in the digital age: Google Images reveals the diet of Africa’s largest eagle
Fri, 15 Feb 2019 - 12:15

Researchers from the Department of Biological Sciences at UCT, Vincent Naude and Associate Professor Arjun Amar have used Google Images to track the dietary habits of Africa’s largest eagle, the Martial Eagle, gaining new information from regions where the species has never been studied before.

In a paper published this week in the international journal The Condor, scientists use photos sourced from the web to reveal the bird’s main prey types, information that may help conservationists protect this threatened species.

New dinosaur discovered in Mongolia
Fri, 15 Feb 2019 - 10:15

A new species of dinosaur – a type of oviraptorosaur – has been discovered in Mongolia by a team of researchers from South Korea and their colleagues, including UCT’s Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan.

Women making their mark in science
Fri, 15 Feb 2019 - 10:00

Each year on February 11, the United Nations marks the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. It’s a chance to reflect on how the situation has improved for women working in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), and how much remains to be done. For instance, less than 30% of the world’s researchers in these fields are women.

UCT scientists part of international study of Antarctic waters - the least studied place on the planet
Thu, 07 Feb 2019 - 11:30

UCT scientists from the Department of Oceanography, Dr Marcel du Plessis and Isabelle Giddy, are part of an international study that is attempting to occupy and collect vital measurements from the least studied place on the planet – the frigid ice-covered waters of Antarctica.

Hybridisation and the science of becoming human
Fri, 01 Feb 2019 - 11:00

Professor Rebecca Ackermann, in the Department of Archaeology at UCT and director of UCT’s Human Evolution Research Institute (HERI), has made a series of in-depth studies of hybridisation and how it has served as an essential creative force in the emergence of modern humans. Her research goes back nearly two decades, beginning with a study of the bones of baboons that showed certain anomalies in their structures indicating that the animals were, in fact, hybrids.
 

Cape Town’s drought under the microscope
Fri, 01 Feb 2019 - 10:45

Research by Department of Oceanography student Precious Mahlalela into the cause of Cape Town’s recent devastating drought has earned her the acknowledgment of having a paper published in top international scientific journal Climate Dynamics.

Large-scale research funding for UCT
Thu, 24 Jan 2019 - 10:00

Researchers from UCT are included in two of 12 international teams selected by United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI) to establish large interdisciplinary research hubs based at leading UK universities that address the world’s complex development challenges.

Four UCT Science Faculty researchers will be co-investigators on the hub: Dr Lynne Shannon from the Department of Biological Science, Dr Philile Mbatha, Associate Professor Merle Sowman and Associate Professor Rachel Wynberg from the Department of Environmental & Geographical Science.

The research hubs are funded through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), which was set up by the UK government to support research that tackles the challenges faced by developing countries. It offers five years of large-scale funding for initiatives that aim to make the world safer, healthier and more prosperous.

 

Robotic gliders roam the Antarctic waters in unprecedented ocean climate research
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 - 12:15

In an unprecedented study starting in December 2018 and running until February 2020, a fleet of robotic ocean gliders will attempt to occupy and collect vital measurements from the least studied place on the planet - the frigid ice covered Antarctic waters. The gliders will set out to measure how the icy Antarctic ocean absorbs heat, and other climate essential properties, from the atmosphere. Postdoctoral researcher Marcel du Plessis and  PhD candidate Isabelle Giddy are involved in this project.

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