Research News

  • Calling all citizen scientists!

    Posted on May 03, 2016

    The Sea Search group is calling on members of the public who would like to actively contribute to science and research to help map the distribution of whales and dolphins in the western Cape.

  • Antarctic blue whales discovered off the South African west coast

    Posted on April 12, 2016

    A team of researchers from UP, in collaboration with various partners, recently discovered the first evidence of Antarctic blue whales off the west coast of South Africa since they were nearly hunted to extinction in the last century.

  • Ancient giants reveal the realities of climate change

    Posted on December 03, 2015

    When a giant baobab toppled over in the Pafuri area of the Kruger National Park a number of years ago, researchers from UP had a hunch that the fallen giant could give them access to a wealth of information about the past.

  • Royal Society of South Africa honours Prof Bob Millar

    Posted on November 19, 2015

    Prof Bob Millar, an internationally recognised scientist at the University of Pretoria (UP) is the winner of the 2016 John FW Herschel Medal in recognition of his highly distinguished multidisciplinary contributions to the furtherance of science.

  • Three UP researchers receive NSTF awards

    Posted on July 13, 2015

    University of Pretoria (UP) Profs Zander Myburg, Nigel Bennett and Dr Thulani Makhalanyane were winners of National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF)-BHP Billiton Awards.

  • The pangolin’s plight

    Posted on July 01, 2015

    Dr Christine Steyn, of the Department of Anatomy and Physiology in the Faculty of Veterinary Science, is one of only a few people doing research on the anatomy of this shy animal.

  • Learning from life in the waters

    Posted on June 17, 2015

    The UP Mammal Research Institute’s Marion Island Marine Mammal Programme (MIMMP) has been doing marine research there for more than 30 years and has documented fascinating findings.

  • Prof Bob Millar appointed as President of International Neuroendocrinology Federation

    Posted on May 11, 2015

    Prof Robert (Bob) Millar, Director of the Mammal Research Institute and the Medical Research Council (MRC) Receptor Biology Unit was recently elected as President of the International Neuroendocrinology Federation (INF).

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