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Understanding migratory patterns is key
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 12:00

Bird migration. where birds fly from the northern hemisphere to the southern hemisphere to leave autumn and enter spring and then make the return journey from autumn in the southern hemisphere to spring in the northern hemisphere, is a challenging process for birds.  These migratory bird habits need to be studied further and in more depth according to Professor Les Underhill, from the Department of Biological Sciences at UCT.

The value of storm water
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 11:45

The proposed Cape Town water tariff for 2018/19 ignores storm water as a water augmentation opportunity, even though it could be critical in bolstering the city’s scarce water supply and its resilience to climate change, says Dr Kevin Winter of UCT’s Future Water Institute.

'A great spirit and a wonderful mind’
Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 11:45

Stephen Hawking was “a great spirit and a wonderful mind”, said senior scholar and Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Complex Systems George Ellis in his recent tribute to the renowned theoretical physicist, a collaborator and friend.  George Ellis and Stephen Hawking were postdoc students together at Cambridge University as well as long-time friends. Ellis delivered his tribute to Hawking, who died on 14 March, to a packed lecture theatre in the Department of Physics’ RW James Building.

Digital avatars new in taxonomers’ toolkit
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 10:45

PhD candidate Jannes Landschoff is using 3D digital avatars to study biological specimens.  

Professor Kelly Chibale named one of Top 50 World's Greatest Leaders by Fortune
Monday, April 23, 2018 - 12:15

Professor Kelly Chibale, Department of Chemistry and Director of of UCT's Drug Discovery and Development Centre (H3D), was recently named as one of Fortune's Top 50 World's Greatest Leaders.  The Science Faculty congratulates Professor Chibale on this prestigious accolade for his work. 

UCT Scientists to join unprecedented international Scientific Expedition
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 11:15

Professor Isabelle Ansorge and Dr Sarah Fawcett, from the Department of Oceanography, together with some of their students will be embarking on an unprecedented international scientific expedition to the Weddell Sea in Jaunary/ February 2019 - one of the coldest, harshests and most remote locations in the world.  There they will survey the underside of the Larsen C Ice Shelf, documenting the rich marine life of the western Weddell Sea ecosystem and attempting to locate the wreck of Sir Ernest Shackleton's ship which sunk there in 1915.

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.