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MSc/PhD opportunity researching the influence of ecosystem variability on Eudyptes Penguins at sub-Antarctic Marion Island
Tue, 04 Dec 2018 - 11:30

Closing date: October 1, 2018.  We invite applications for a MSc/PhD opportunity to study the influence of ecosystem variability on demography and reproductive performance of two species of Eudyptes penguins at sub-Antarctic Marion Island.

Mystery of the world's smallest flightless bird solved
Mon, 29 Oct 2018 - 12:30

The world's smallest flightless bird, the Inaccessible Island Rail, is endemic to Inaccessible island, situated in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean. Using "next generation sequencing" techniques, a research team has finally solved the mystery of whether the ancestor of the rail had come from Africa or from South America.

Dr Petra Sumasgutner receives a L'Oréal UNESCO Women in Science award
Mon, 29 Oct 2018 - 12:00

Congratulations to FitzPatrick Institute postdoctoral fellow, Petra Sumasgutner on her L’Oréal UNESCO Austria Women in Science award. This award funded a trip to Mongolia to sample Golden Eagles.

Field researcher position on Marion Island
Fri, 19 Oct 2018 - 10:00

The South African National Antarctic Programme (SANAP) is offering an opportunity to spend a year on Marion Island collecting field data on seabirds to be used for academic purposes.

Applications are invited for 3 PhD positions at the FitzPatrick Institute
Wed, 10 Oct 2018 - 12:15

Closing date: 31 October, 2018. We invite applications for 3 full-time PhD studies at the FitzPatrick Institute under the supervision of Dr Robert Thomson.

Birding in South Africa's National Parks
Thu, 14 Jun 2018 - 12:30

Rob Little's new book "Birding in South Africa's National Parks" has just been published by Jacana Media.

Niven Library Annual Book Sale
Wed, 06 Jun 2018 - 11:15

The Niven Library is having its annual book sale.  The Library receives book donations, many of which are duplicates, and we then sell the duplicates to raise funds to expand our collection.

 

Sir Clive Elliott - obituary
Wed, 02 May 2018 - 09:15

The Fitztitute's third PhD graduate, Sir Clive Elliott, passed away on 18 April at Blue Barn, his country home in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom following a six-month battle with cancer.

PhD: Understanding the future of South Africa's national bird, the Blue Crane
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 - 10:45

Closing date: 30 June 2018. We invite applications for a three-year PhD study that will evaluate the status and future security of Blue Cranes in South Africa.

Study opportunity: MSc/PhD research
Tue, 20 Mar 2018 - 13:00

We invite applications for a MSc/PhD student to undertake research on how parent birds mitigate costs of breeding at high temperatures

December 2017 graduation
Fri, 12 Jan 2018 - 10:45

The December 2017 graduation ceremony saw 4 PhD and 3 MSc Conservation Biology by coursework and dissertation students from the FitzPatrick Institute receiving their degrees.

First photographs of Niam-niam parrot, not seen for 40 years
Wed, 06 Dec 2017 - 12:45

In Feb 2017, Birding Africa and The FitzPatrick Institute undertook an expedition to Chad to search for this species which had no documented records for almost 40 years.

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