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Department of Environmental & Geographical Science at UCT ranked in Top 50 Universities of World
Monday, March 19, 2018 - 11:15

Congratulations to the Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences at UCT: The recently announced QS rankings placed Geography at UCT in 49th position worldwide.  Archaeology is just behind, being placed in the range 51-100.  

Drilling threatens internationally protected floral region
Friday, March 16, 2018 - 09:00

Table Mountain Group Aquifer drill sites threaten rare plant species protected by international treaties and the City should exercise due caution when abstracting water, says biologist Associate Professor Adam West from the Department of Biological Sciences at UCT.  Emeritus Professor William Bond and Associate Professor Ed February are co-authors of the letter sent to the City.

Africa climate risk expert wins Piers Sellers Prize for world leading contribution to climate research
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 12:30

Professor Mark New, Director of the African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) in the Faculty of Science at UCT, has just been named as the 2018 recipient of the Piers Sellers Prize for a world leading contribution to solution focused climate research

Big game hunters in Africa urged to drop the lead to help save vultures!
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 10:15

Lead bullet fragments in carcasses left by hunters are poisoning endangered African vultures, a new study, recently published in Science of the Total Environment, has found. Dr Arjun Amar, from the FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, Department of Biological Sciences at UCT is one of the authors of the paper.   

Peace Parks: how the green map of Africa is evolving
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 08:45

Professor Maano Ramutsindela, a Human geographer from the Department of Environmental & Geographical Science, recently delivered his inaugural lecture on transfrontier/ peace parks, entitled, "Remapping Africa through peace parks:  What future for the continent?"

Humans thrived in South Africa through the Toba super-volcanic eruption around 74 000 years ago
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 11:30

Dr Jayne Wilkins, from the Department of Archaeology at UCT led the excavations and was part of a team of scientists, including UCT undergraduate and postgraduate students, who collected sediment samples that yielded cryptotephra at the Vleesbaai site, revealing that humans survived and thrived despite catastrophic volcanic eruptions 74 000 years ago. The research has just been published in Nature.

Small plastic pollution on South African beaches comes from local sources – UCT study
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 10:00

A new study, conducted byy Professor Peter Ryan, from the FitzPatrick Institute, as lead author, reveals that small plastic fragments polluting our oceans derive from local sources.  

Ecologists warn of risks of drilling aquifer
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 10:15

Associate Professor Adam West, from the Department of Biological Sciences at UCT is part of a group of prominent scientists who are warning the City of Cape Town that they will compromise critical ecological infrastructure on which the health of the region and its people rely by drilling the Steenbras aquifer.

Injectable birth control may raise HIV infection risk by 40%
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 10:00

The intramuscular injectable contraceptive depot medroxyprogesterone acetate, or DMPA, may raise the risk for HIV infection by 40% in women, according to research published recently in Endocrine Reviews. Research indicates alternative contraception methods may help protect women. Professor Janet Hapgood from the Department of Molecular & Cell Biology was lead author of the review.

Five signs that Day Zero may be averted
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 11:00

Dr Kevin Winter from UCT’s Future Water Institute and the Department of Environmental & Geological Science, draws attention to the five signs of progress that could push Day Zero further out and give the City of Cape Town more time to contain the water crisis

UCT researchers discover bone disease in a 265 million-year-old mammal ancestor
Friday, January 12, 2018 - 12:30

Dr Christen Shelton and Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan, from the Department of Bilogical Sciences at UCT have discovered an unusual bone tissue pattern that was suspected to be osteomyelitis in the femur of an omnivorous therapsid, more specifically known as a dinocephalian. 

Mapping pixels with UCT eResearch
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 09:30

When Associate Professor Adam West from the Department of Biological Sciences began using drones to collect data from his fynbos study plots, he was confronted by a big-data problem. The customised drones were efficient and collected data easily, but they collected a lot of it – more than could be processed timeously by his laboratory’s computers.