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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...
Rarer than rhino and just as prized by poachers
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.
125-million-year-old Changyuraptor sheds light on dinosaur flight
Palaeobiologist and Head 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.

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Sunday, 26 April 2015

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
Drongo

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