Dr Susan Cunningham on receiving the UCT College of Fellows Young Researcher Award

17 November 2020 | Video edit Oatmeal Productions.

Dr Susan Cunningham knew from a very young age that she wanted to pursue a career as a biologist working with birds.

With research focused on understanding the mechanistic links between temperature and fitness (using proxies such as breeding success and body mass maintenance) in birds under climate change, she is now a pioneer in her field and has been selected as one of the seven UCT College of Fellows Young Researcher awardees for 2020. Dr Cunningham is the co-Principal Investigatorof the Hot Birds Research Project, together with Prof Andrew McKechnie at the University of Pretoria.


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2020 Fellows of UCT

UCT’s Council established fellowships for members of permanent academic staff in recognition of original, distinguished academic work that merits special recognition.

This year, six new fellows have been recognised.

College of Fellows Young Researcher Award

The Young Researcher Award is offered annually in recognition of outstanding scholarly work by young academics who have made significant independent contributions to research in their field.

This year, seven young researchers have been recognised.

Messages from the Young Researchers