The plant that disguises itself as dung:
Shrub fools beetles into burying its seeds by making them look and smell like animal droppings
- A field guide to the plants and animals of southern Africa by CHARLES GRIFFITHS, JENNY DAY & MIKE PICKER
How to study the most dangerous animals in Africa
Jess Dawson is studying the impact of hippo poo on the St Lucia food web; among other skills, she's had to learn how to catch a crocodile, and how not to unsettle a hippopotamus.
New book by Lindsey Gillson - Biodiversity Conservation and Environmental Change
Using palaeoecology to manage dynamic landscapes in the Anthropocene
Genetic diversity of the Chacma baboon key to understanding conservation in a time of climate change
The Chacma baboon is one of the best-known characters of the southern African landscape. . . .


Tuesday, 1 December 2015

There are several MSc, PhD and Postdoc fellowship available in the fields of sensory ecology and conservation in the Animal Evolution & Systematics Group. For further details contact the head of the group A/Prof David Jacobs.

Publication Date:
Monday, November 2, 2015 - 11:00
Ceratocaryum argenteum

Jeremy Midgley, Gary Bronner and Joseph White from Biological Sciences at UCT and Steve Johnson from UKZN have reported in Nature Plants that the restio Ceratocaryum argenteum has its seeds buried by the dung beetle Epirinus flagellatus. The seeds look and smell like dung and this deceives the beetle into burying the seed, . . .

Publication Date:
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 08:15

Departmental Seminar

Parvez Alam, from Åbo Akademi University (Finland) was visiting our department last week and gave a fantastic seminar:


 Seminar Abstract:
This lecture concerns size-scaling phenomena in biomimetics and provides insights into why biomimetics "may be" limited to application within specific length scales. The lecture aims to bring to light realistic challenges involved in developing design principles from nature. The lecture elucidates a number of superior design and production principles in nature that to this day, continue to confound biomimeticists the world over.

If you were not able to join us, you will be able to find the seminar on this [ link ]:

Publication Date:
Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 14:30
Welly Qwabe went on to join the University of Cape Town’s Marine Research Institute in 2011 to pursue a Masters in Zoology, with support from the Canon Collins Trust, the National Research Foundation and the Carnegie and Andrew Mellon Foundation.
Publication Date:
Friday, February 6, 2015 - 15:15