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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
FRESHWATER LIFE
- A field guide to the plants and animals of southern Africa by CHARLES GRIFFITHS, JENNY DAY & MIKE PICKER

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Wednesday, 23 August 2017
Biomimetics - where size really matters

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
Student Spotlight
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
Dr. Adam West, Jannes Landschoff(MSc), Robert Skelton (PhD), and Prof. Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan
Department of Biological Science Post-graduate Seminar Day

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. 

Publication Date:
Friday, November 14, 2014 - 13:00
Drongo
Drongo mimics alarm calls to steal food from other species, finds UCT biologist

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.

Publication Date:
Friday, May 2, 2014 - 09:45

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