Kaleb Baber recently got back from a study abroad trip to the University of Tasmania in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. He went through Iowa State University’s Study Abroad Center. Kaleb was there from July through November, and he took three classes; Genetics, Pasture & Animal Science, and Soil Formation.
Kaleb was able to learn a lot about the agriculture of Tasmania and Australia as a whole. Tasmania has large sheep and dairy industries, so pasture management is an integral part of successful operations. The island itself is very diverse and environments change very quickly when you’re out driving around. The geology is very complex and climates are very much so localized.
With this in mind, Kaleb was able to learn more about different soils and the factors that have shaped them through field trips that were part of the class.
Outside of class, Kaleb enjoyed getting into Tasmania’s world renowned wilderness. In fact, one-fifth of Tasmania’s land is dedicated as a World Heritage Area, a vast reserve of national parks where visitors can explore Tasmania’s natural wonders. Hiking and camping is one of his favorite hobbies, so it was normal to catch him heading out for the weekend on a camping trip with friends.
Kaleb also got to travel outside of Tasmania. He went to places including Alice Springs, Uluru, Adelaide, Sydney, the Blue Mountains, and New Zealand.
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