Birds of a feather: different colours, same territory
A new paper co-authored by a Department of Biological Sciences trio has shed new light on an old conundrum: why some species occur in different colours and how this variation may provide a selective advantage in novel environments.
UCT ecologists harness the power of Google Images for research
A group of UCT researchers has found that animals caught on camera by amateur photographers and posted on the web are a useful tool for studying evolution and other ecological questions. Their study – the first of its kind – was published in Methods...
Bolus 150 anniversary
Bolus Herbarium celebrates its 150th anniversary
Academics, field botanists and plant enthusiasts celebrated the 150th anniversary of the oldest functioning herbarium in South Africa.
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


Wednesday, 23 August 2017
A wax figure of Charles Darwin, whose theories about species have influenced science for centuries.
The long struggle to understand species: from pre-Darwin to the present day

How many species of humans have existed? It all depends on the concept of species that’s being employed. In some approaches, there was – and still is – only one. In others, there are as many as 17 species of Homo.

Publication Date:
Monday, November 7, 2016 - 12:00
UCT scholars honoured at ASSAf award ceremony

Five UCT scholars were celebrated at the Academy of Science of South Africa’s annual award ceremony on 14 October in Stellenbosch.

Publication Date:
Tuesday, December 22, 2015 - 16:30
Dr Adam West
Knowledge is not fixed in textbooks

A teacher’s job is to help students realise that the creation of scientific knowledge is on-going and dynamic, and that they have a role to play in that, says Distinguished Teacher Awardee Dr Adam West of the Department of Biological Sciences.


Publication Date:
Tuesday, December 22, 2015 - 15:00
Ceratocaryum argenteum
Dung-beetles duped into dispersing and burying seeds.

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