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Thoralf Meyer

Lecturer Ph.D., University of Virginia

Thoralf Meyer

Contact

  • Office: CLA 3.402, also SAC 4.160
  • Office Hours: Fall 2014: by appointment
  • Campus Mail Code: A3100

Biography

Dr. Meyer’s general research interests lie in the field of dryland ecology. Before joining the University of Texas in 2010, he was heavily involved in a variety of research projects in the country of Botswana. In his position as a manager of an environmental consultancy, he worked with private individuals, companies and with local and regional governments on numerous projects throughout the Southern African region.


Here at UT, Dr. Thoralf Meyer teaches introductory and advanced environmental science and management courses at the undergraduate level. He also co-teaches two study abroad courses in Botswana where savanna ecology and human environmental interactions form the main focus. His current scientific research focuses on vegetative response to various forms of disturbance, such as fire, herbivory and land use land cover change in the Kalahari and Texas.

His expertise is in the use of field spectral, structural and species-specific measurements to validate and inform satellite and GIS-derived measurements for the purpose of sustainable ecosystem management.

 

GRG 336C • National Parks/Protected Areas

37565 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 500pm-630pm CLA 1.108
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The history, purpose, and meaning of national parks (and preserves, refuges, and other publicly protected natural areas), from their inception at Yellowstone in 1872 to their present global distribution. Emphasis is on key management issues and dilemmas in the parks today; and the adoption and modification of Western notions of nature preservation within non-Western cultural settings.

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

GRG F356T • Clim Chg/Vegtn: Kalahari-Bwa

84230 • Summer 2014
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GRG f356T CLIM CHG/VEGTN: KALAHARI-BWA

 

Prerequisite: Varies with the topic and is given in the Course Schedule.

May be counted toward the quantitative reasoning flag requirement. May be counted toward the global cultures flag requirement.

Course number may be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Topic title: Climate change and vegetation response in the Kalahari. Res tricted enrollment; contact Study Abroad for permission to register for this class. Class meets May 28-July 10. Faculty-led Abroad Program taugh t in Ghanzi, Botswana. Students must consult with Study Abroad Program C oordinator as travel and orientation dates may be in addition to these d ates.

GRG F356T • Envir-Cul Dynamics-Bwa

84235 • Summer 2014
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GRG f356T CLIM CHG/VEGTN: KALAHARI-BWA

 

Prerequisite: Varies with the topic and is given in the Course Schedule.

May be counted toward the quantitative reasoning flag requirement. May be counted toward the global cultures flag requirement.

Course number may be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Topic title: Climate change and vegetation response in the Kalahari. Res tricted enrollment; contact Study Abroad for permission to register for this class. Class meets May 28-July 10. Faculty-led Abroad Program taugh t in Ghanzi, Botswana. Students must consult with Study Abroad Program C oordinator as travel and orientation dates may be in addition to these d ates.

GRG 366C • Comparative Ecosystems

37860 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 930am-1100am CLA 1.108
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The important ecosystem processes that affect the distributions, characteristics, and management of natural environments at landscape, regional, and continental scales. Ecosystem functions, including nutrient cycling, water balance, and the role of natural disturbances in a wide range of ecosystems, from the tundra to the rain forests and grasslands of the tropics. Geography 356T (Topic: Comparative Ecosystems) and 366C may not both be counted.

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and three semester hours of coursework in physical geography or one of the geological or natural sciences.

GRG F356T • Clim Chg/Vegtn: Kalahari-Bwa

84510 • Summer 2013
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GRG f356T CLIM CHG/VEGTN: KALAHARI-BWA

 

Prerequisite: Varies with the topic and is given in the Course Schedule.

May be counted toward the quantitative reasoning flag requirement. May be counted toward the global cultures flag requirement.

Course number may be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Topic title: Climate change and vegetation response in the Kalahari. Res tricted enrollment; contact Study Abroad for permission to register for this class. Class meets May 28-July 10. Faculty-led Abroad Program taugh t in Ghanzi, Botswana. Students must consult with Study Abroad Program C oordinator as travel and orientation dates may be in addition to these d ates.

GRG F356T • Envir-Cul Dynamics-Bwa

84515 • Summer 2013
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GEG GRGf356T- CLIM CHG/VEGTN: KALAHARI-

Climate change is a subject of critical importance for both scientists and global citizens. Botswana profiles a wonderful example of developing world issues set in pristine environments where these debates still have the potential to support both people and the environment. The Botswana Kalahari is 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.

 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 the lectures, program activities, and daily living take place outdoors.

ENVIR-CUL DYNAMICS-BWA

Climate change is a subject of critical importance for both scientists and global citizens. Botswana profiles a wonderful example of developing world issues set in pristine environments where these debates still have the potential to support both people and the environment. The Botswana Kalahari is 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.

 

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 the lectures, program activities, and daily living take place outdoors.

GRG 304E • Envir Sci: A Changing World

37395 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm CLA 0.128
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A Changing World GRG 304E

GRG F356T • Envir-Cul Dynamics-Bwa

84705 • Summer 2012
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Climate change is a subject of critical importance for both scientists and global citizens. Botswana profiles a wonderful example of developing world issues set in pristine environments where these debates still have the potential to support both people and the environment. The Botswana Kalahari is 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.

 

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 the lectures, program activities, and daily living take place outdoors.

 

STUDY ABROAD: CLIMATE CHANGE, ECOSYSTEMS, AND HUMAN DYNAMICS - GHANZI, BOTSWANA

 

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