UCT's 'green visionaries'
19 December 2014
Three UCT students were among 25 recipients of the Green Talents 2014 awards, internationally recognised prizes for young researchers focused on sustainability. The winners were chosen from among 800 applicants from more than 100 countries. It is the sixth time that these awards took place under the patronage of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
Our department of biological sciences is just about two years old. Yesterday we held our first Biological Sciences Postgraduate Research Day. In total, 18 presentations were made by our postgraduate students and covered a wide range of topics.
Her outstanding academic record and PhD project on bryophytes as indicators of climate change were important in her being one of the 25 people selected
This book explores Africa’s incredibly rich fossil heritage and shows the importance of these fossils in unravelling the history of life on Earth. Right here in Africa we have evidence of the earliest traces of life dating to about 3.8 billion years, when life on Earth was still single-celled and microbial.
Critically endangered cycads are disappearing from the wild and botanical gardens, ripped up by the roots to feed the lucrative landscaping market. UCT researchers are using a novel method to help the Hawks combat the theft of these ancient plants.
Palaeobiologist and Head of the Department of Biological Sciences, Prof. Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan was part of an international team that recently described a new four-winged predatory dinosaur from China called Changyuraptor.
The drongo, an African bird, deceives other species, including meerkats, by mimicking their alarm calls in order to scare them away and steal their abandoned food, according to UCT researcher Dr Tom Flower.
The 11th conference of the Aquaculture Association of Southern Africa (AASA) in Stellenbosch saw Mark Cyrus win the ‘best presentation by a PhD student’ award (abstract below).
US-based National Academy of Sciences has just elected Prof. William Bond as a foreign associate in recognition of his distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Foreign associates are nonvoting member of the Academy, with citizenship outside the United States.
I will never forget the look. Its fierce eyes seemed fixed on me. Many metres above the ground, its open mouth showed rows of razor-sharp meat cleavers. Sharp claws protruded from feet bigger than my whole body. The beast seemed ready to pounce. I clung to my mother’s dress. “Tyrannosaurus rex,” the inscription read. I was nine years old, at my first dinosaur exhibit.