Course announcements


Kalahari Field Course

Becoming a field biologist
Block Course, 6 ECTS
Kuruman River Reserve KRR, South Africa
19 July – 14 August 2022

Organizer: Lukas Keller and Marta Manser, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich

Students learn to develop and test their own research ideas and questions, and to communicate them. All of this in an astounding environment. The course is designed to make students feel more comfortable in a research environment, and to introduce them to the African wildlife.

Location: Kuruman River Reserve KRR, South Africa

When: 19 July – 14 August 2022
week 1 & 2: Kuruman River Reserve, South Africa
week 3: Kgalagadi National Park, South Africa

Preparatory seminar: 2 Saturdays, dates to be announced

Who: 16 students (after completed 4th semester) in biology and environmental sciences with basic knowledge in ecology, evolutionary biology, behavioural ecology and statistics.


  • to formulate and test hypotheses
  • using data from small field projects
  • to use modern statistics for data analysis
  • to present research ideas and projects
  • to write scientific reports
  • learn about local fauna, flora, conservation, culture

Costs: CHF 2900.- * (includes air fare. ground travel, accommodations & food)

Informal meeting: 10 December 2021, 12.15-13:15h at 25-G-11
Further information: email Marta Manser
Registration: email Ursina Tobler
Registration deadline: 30 January 2022