UNM alum headed to Africa for Fulbright research

Saturday, 21 May 2016

“There’s something about being in a different environment, outside of your comfort zone, to realize the humanity in everyone. And I think that’s very important.” - Maureen Meyer

Traveling to a faraway continent isn’t something every child dreams about. But, for University of New Mexico alumna Maureen Meyer, Africa has always held a special place in her heart and mind. Now, thanks to the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship, that childhood dream will soon become reality.

“I have wanted to go to the continent of Africa since I was a little girl, but I didn’t know how it was going to happen,” said Meyer. “Now, as my research focuses on understanding the relationship that cultures have with their environment, specifically looking at medicinal plants and cultural perceptions of healing, the opportunity has arisen and I couldn’t be more excited.”

Meyer graduated from UNM in 2014 with a Master’s of Science in Geography. Her research focuses on ethnobotany, the study of the relationship between people and plants. She said her interests lie in how cultures use plants medicinally, particularly focusing on Africa and the African Diaspora.