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.
The facts behind the fiction in Jurassic World
'Nothing in Jurassic World is natural!' proclaims Henry Wu, the chief scientist in Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic World. And to complicate matters even further, he explains how even the DNA used to 'create' the animals is not authentic dinosaur DNA:...
Genetic diversity of the Chacma baboon key to understanding conservation in a time of climate change
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New system aids drought predictions in biodiverse regions
Climate-change-induced drought is threatening the world's biodiversity hotspots; but a new, standardisable system to describe drought strategies in plants will help . . .
Laura Blamey
Urchins and regime-shifts in marine ecosystems
A paper co-authored by Laura Blamey, an NRF ‘early career scientist’ at the Department of Biological Sciences highlights the important, yet underappreciated roles urchins play in marine ecosystems. Overgrazing of kelp beds by sea urchins is well...


Thursday, 27 August 2015


The deadline for applications into the 2016 Honours program in Biological Sciences is the 31st October 2015. Please make sure to apply online through UCT's online application process AND to email a copy of your application to Miss Vuyi Bathaka in Biological Sciences.

For further details contact the program convener Dr Jacqueline Bishop .

Publication Date:
Friday, June 5, 2015 - 08:30

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
Dr. Adam West, Jannes Landschoff(MSc), Robert Skelton (PhD), and Prof. Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan

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