Mamelang Memela

  • Mamelang Memela
    Sanibonani, Dumelang and Hello! My name is Mamelang Memela and I am a senior ENVS and French Studies double major (May 2020) from Johannesburg, South Africa. My interests include conservation, sustainability and environmental policy.

    Course Summary

    ENVS 400 is the final class in the Environmental Studies program at Lewis and Clark College. It gives students the opportunity to apply all the methods, theories and skills they have learned during their time in college toward a capstone project that may be a thesis (honours) and non-thesis outcome. Having pursued the honours-track, I continued work I had begun during the previous semester in order to produce a written thesis and had a thesis defense.  In ENVS 400, myself and a handful of  other honours candidates fast-tracked our research into our topics, met with our professor and also had peer feedback sessions to complete our work. My thesis is a cross comparative study that assesses the impacts of the employed conservation strategies in Kruger National Park, South Africa and the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. The question that guides my research asks: Is conservation beneficial? The findings of this research suggest that the Maasai have benefited from their more participatory community-based conservation approach as their livelihood and the preservation of their culture is dependent on the Maasai Mara National Reserve.

    Senior Capstone

    Our main work in ENVS 400 involves a senior capstone: an original, interdisciplinary environmental research project, resulting in a thesis or other outcome. The page linked above provides more information on my senior capstone.

  • Course Posts


    April 27, 2020

    During a Zoom meeting for the International Students Senior Reception Brian White, aka BDW aka the Dean of ISS told us that if we take anything from college he hopes that we have learned to love learning. And as I reflect back on my entire college experience I realise that […]

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    Thinking back & the now

    April 20, 2020

    Interdisciplinary Approach and the Liberal Arts As I sit back and reflect on my college experience I realise how the liberal arts as an approach to a college education heavily impacted and reinforced the interdisciplinary approach in ENVS. Moreover I have seen the benefit of being a jack of all […]

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    Thinking forward or Forward thinking?

    April 14, 2020

    Societal expectations Most people come to college so that they can get a degree and enter the job market and have a decent paying job. This may have been guaranteed 50 or more years ago but this isn’t the case now. There are and have always been alternative pathways to […]

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    Reflecting on change: The evolution of communication

    April 6, 2020

    Change is constant. That is one of the only things one can be sure of in life. This is something I’ve become very familiar with over my academic career. When you’re given a syllabus at the beginning of a course you know what you’ll read and what you should learn […]

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