Department of Geography and the Environment

Study Abroad Information Session: Botswana with Prof. Thoralf Meyer

Climate Change, Ecosystems and Human Dynamic

Wed, November 20, 2013 | CLA 0.108

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Study Abroad Information Session: Botswana with Prof. Thoralf Meyer

Program and Application Details

For full program details and information on how to apply, go to the Program Page.

Program Description

Climate change, the focus of this program, is a subject of critical importance for both scientists and global citizens. The majority of the program takes place in the Kalahari, a remote and relatively undisturbed desert environment that provides an ideal natural laboratory for exploring climate change issues such as carbon storage, food production, and the interactions between humans and the environment.  Botswana profiles a wonderful model of developing world issues set in pristine savannah and wetland environments where land use debates still have the potential to support both people and the environment.

Students conduct field work including soil plotting, soil sampling, species identification, destructive sampling, remote sensing, and GIS. Safaris in the Okavango Delta and Central Kalahari Game Reserve expose students to both wetland and savanna ecosystems while visits to a local school and cooperative education center provide insights into the region's bush culture. The program is based out of a camp and lectures, program activities, and daily living take place outdoors.


  • GRT 356T | Climate Change & Vegetation Response in the Kalahari
  • GRG 356T | Enviro-Cultural Dynamics in Botswana

Courses meet human geography major requirements.

Faculty Director

Thoralf Meyer

thoralf meyer

Professor Thoralf Meyer, Department of Geography, has worked in Africa for over 17 years. Although currently living in Austin, Professor Meyer has held Botswana residency for 13 years and has led multiple study abroad programs and research campaigns for American, European and African universities.  His specialties include GIS, land use planning and environmental analysis.

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