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Climate 100 honour for Mark New
Wed, 29 May 2019 - 08:30

The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Professor Mark New, director of the African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI), has been listed among the world’s 100 most influential people in climate policy for 2019.

Penguins indicate the health of local ecosystems
Mon, 27 May 2019 - 12:45

The way adult penguins hunt and the body condition of their chicks are both directly linked to local fish abundance and could potentially inform fishery management. This is according to a new study involving University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers. The researchers studied an endangered African penguin colony during a rare three-year closure of commercial fisheries around Robben Island, South Africa.

Double publication prize for archaeologist Chirikure
Mon, 27 May 2019 - 08:00

Head of UCT's Department of Archaeology and director of the Archaeological Materials Laboratory, Professor Shadreck Chirikure, has won the Antiquity journal of archaeology’s Antiquity Prize 2019, for best paper of 2018. This is the second time Chirikure has won this award.  He is the first African and perhaps the first archaeologist to have won the prize twice.

UCT professor honoured by Emperor of Japan
Wed, 22 May 2019 - 10:00

University of Cape Town (UCT) applied mathematician and fisheries scientist Professor Emeritus Doug Butterworth has been awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon by the Emperor of Japan for his contribution to the sustainable management of the country’s fisheries.

Rat poison threat to city’s peri-urban wildlife
Wed, 15 May 2019 - 13:45

Urban rat poisons are spilling over into Cape Town’s natural environment, threatening species such as caracal, mongoose, otter and owl.

Anticoagulant rat poisons are infiltrating Cape Town’s peri-urban wildlife food chains, according to a team of University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers in the Institute for Communities and Wildlife in Africa (iCWild).

Life in the ice in a warmer Arctic
Wed, 15 May 2019 - 13:00

Recent research by an international team, involving the University of Cape Town (UCT), investigated how a future, warmer Arctic could impact the algae that live in sea ice – and form the base of the marine food web there. To do this, the team used modelling to predict how growth of sea-ice algae could change as our climate does. Associate Professor Marcello Vichi from the Department of Oceanography co-authored the study.

Their findings show that the impact of declines in sea ice on sea-ice algae – and the rest of the food web – in the Arctic is likely to be drastic and complex across the region

Making Africa’s past ‘usable’ for the present
Fri, 10 May 2019 - 10:00

Why does success continue to elude Africa? It was a bold question at the start of Africa Month and archaeologist Professor Shadreck Chirikure provided some answers in his 3 May inaugural lecture, sharing insights from deep history and archaeology.

Documenting nature’s ‘dangerous decline’
Fri, 10 May 2019 - 08:00

UCT academic Dr Lynne Shannon from the Department of Biological Sciences, is part of a team of expert authors who collaborated to compile an exhaustive report on a global study which warns that humans’ devastating impact on nature leaves one million species at risk of extinction.

Eliminating malaria in the Asia-Pacific could save 400 000 lives
Fri, 26 Apr 2019 - 13:30

Dr Sheetal Silal, from the Department of Statistical Sciences at UCT, is a lead author on a recently published paper that highlights how increased funding is needed to eliminate malaria across 22 Asia-Pacific countries and save an estimated 400 000 lives. 

Science Faculty researcher awarded Global Professorship
Wed, 24 Apr 2019 - 11:45

Professor Shadreck Chirikure, head of UCT's Archaeological Materials Laboratory, has won a Global Professorship from the British Academy for his work dating historical artefacts and the study of pre-colonial urban societies in Africa. The award provides the opportunity for internationally recognised scholars working in the social sciences and humanities to relocate to the United Kingdom (UK) for four years and continue their research at a British university. Chirikure will soon take up his place at the University of Oxford’s School of Archaeology.

Swansong first year lecture by Professor Mike Meadows
Tue, 23 Apr 2019 - 13:00

Professor Michael Meadows, who has lectured first year students in the Department of Environmental & Geographical Science at UCT since he joined UCT in 1986, presented his swan-song lecture on the Physical Geography of the Anthropocene last Friday.

Year of Milestones for Statistician
Tue, 23 Apr 2019 - 11:45

Senior Lecturer in Mathematics and Statistical Sciences Tim Low has a year of milestones marking this year for him.  He has just completed his 20th Two Oceans Ultra marathon, which is also his 50th ultra marathon and 150th standard plus marathon - all in the year that he will turn 50.