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