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Sir Clive Elliott - obituary
Wednesday, May 2, 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.

Niven Library Annual Book Sale
Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 12:45

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.


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

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
Tuesday, March 20, 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
Friday, January 12, 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
Wednesday, December 6, 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.

New study highlights need for action to protect Grey parrots
Monday, November 27, 2017 - 09:45

A new study by the World Parrot Trust's Africa Conservation Programme has highlighted the need for action to protect Grey Parrots

Dave van Beuningen wins Conservation category in Exposure Environmental Photography competition
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 08:45

Congratulations to current MSc Conservation Biology student Dave van Beuningen, who took home the Conservation Prize in the recent Exposure Photography Competition for his photo 'Secret Death'.

Peter Ryan inducted into UCT's prestigious College of Fellows
Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 10:15

UCT's College of Fellows was established by the UCT Council to recognise distinguished academic work by permanent academic staff.  Peter Ryan is one of eleven new Fellows inducted into the College this year at a ceremony and dinner held on Wednesday, 11 October.

Peter Ryan awarded SANCOR's Gilchrist Medal
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 10:15

The Gilchrist Medal is awarded to distinguished marine scientists. The Medal serves as recognition of the recipients’ contributions to marine science, to further stimulate excellence in South African marine science, and to focus attention on South Africa’s
marine and coastal environments.

July 2017 graduation
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 12:45

The July 2017 graduation ceremony saw 3 Phd, 1 Msc by dissertation and 10 Conservation Biology MSc by coursework and dissertation students from the FitzPatrick Institute receiving their degrees.

PhD student wins 2nd prize at ZSSA
Friday, July 14, 2017 - 12:00

PhD student Tanja van de Ven took second prize for her oral presentation at the Biennial ZSSA Conference