Henry de Bruyn was an unusual man. At least, that is, to Professor Thomas Alan Stephenson, who headed the Zoology department at the University of Cape Town (UCT) from 1931 to 1940 when De Bryun went from cleaner to laboratory assistant, and then to laboratory attendant.
South Africa’s Cape Peninsula – home to the picturesque city of Cape Town – is part of the only region in the world with fynbos. Fynbos is the world’s most diverse vegetation type – even more so than tropical rainforests.
Thousands of kilometres from any continent lies Inaccessible Island, small and isolated in the Southern Atlantic Ocean. Yet, it is full of plastic and a growing proportion of it seems to come not from land, but rather from ships dumping their litter at sea in contravention of international law. That is according to new research led by UCT's Professor Peter Ryan, which casts doubt on the widely held assumption that most marine plastic now comes from land-based sources.
On Saturday, 28 September, visitors to the V&A Waterfront passing through the Pier Head square were treated to a truly intriguing sight: a diverse array of dynamic women in white lab coats sharing their scientific research with passers-by. Dr Kerryn Ashleigh Warren from the Department of Archaeology and Dr Natasha Karenyi from the Department of Biological Sciences, represented the Science Faculty from UCT.
The University of Cape Town (UCT) welcomes the A-rating of seven of its researchers by the country’s National Research Foundation (NRF). The ratings were formally awarded at the NRF awards on Thursday, 12 September 2019. Two of them,Professor Igor Barashenkov and Emeritus Professor Douglas Butterworth are from the Department of Mathematics & Applied Mathematics in the Science Faculty.
Inspired by Hyde Park's famous Speaker's Corner, Soapbox Science is a global series of free open-air lectures where expert female scientists will share their passion about their research. It will take place at the Pierhead, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town and is led by a team of 5 female scientists from UCT.
Programmes to encourage tree-planting have been hailed as a solution in the fight to reduce greenhouse gases and global warming. But new research casts doubt on the likely success of trading trees for carbon. UCT's Emeritus Professor William Bond, Department of Biological Scieces, is lead author of new research on the topic.“We challenge the popular view that planting trees is a credible way of slowing global warming,” says Bond.
The African Penguin is in serious trouble. Its population has fallen by more than 95% over the last century and, despite ongoing conservation efforts, its numbers continue to fall. There are now barely 20 000 breeding pairs in the world – and the largest colony is in South Africa, on islands around Algoa Bay in the country’s Eastern Cape province.
On 11 September 2019, Emeritus Professor Doug Butterworth will be formally honoured by the Emperor of Japan with the Order of the Rising Sun for contributing to the sustainable management of the very lucrative bluefin tuna fishery. In 2008, Butterworth received a similar national order from the South African president, after he helped to set the benchmark for how the country’s fish stocks should be managed – an example since being taken up worldwide.