Staff Profiles

Prof. Motsoptse Phillip Modisi

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Faculty of Science


Associate Professor

Location: 236 \ 232
Phone: 2538
Email Prof. Motsoptse Phillip Modisi

Ph.D. (Geology), McMaster University, 1994

M.S. (Geology), South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, 1982

B.Sc. (Hons) (Geology), University of Ibadan, 1976


Positions at University of Botswana

Associate Professor, September 2007 to current

Acting Director, Office of Research and Development, May 2015 to June 2018

Dean, Faculty of Science, January 2009 to December 2014

Senior Lecturer, April 1998 to September 2007

Head of Department, Geology, December 1997 to November 2003

Lecturer, August 1985 to March 1998 (PhD study leave September 1988 to February 1994)

Positions at Geological Survey (now Botswana Geoscience Institute since 2014)

Assistant geologist to Assistant Director from 1976 to 1985

Chairman of the Board of Directors, August 2019 to current (while at UB)

Positions at the Botswana College of Agriculture

Chairman, Appointments and Promotions Committee, 2009 to 2014 (while at UB)

Member, Governing Council, 2009 to 2014 (while at UB)


Structural Geology, Tectonics, Regional Geology, Field Geology, Introduction to Geology

Structural Geology, Tectonics, Okavango Rift Zone, Structural geology of SE Botswana

Okavango Rift Zone, Structural Geology of SE Botswana, Kalahari Copper Belt structure and tectonics

Bufford,M.K., Atekwana, EA, Abdelsalam, M.G., Shemang, E., Atekwana. E.A., Mickus,K., Moidaki, M, Modisi, M.P., 2012. Geometry and Fault Tectonic activity of the Okavango Rift Zone, Botswana: evidence from magnetotelluric and electrical resistivity tomography imaging. Journal of African Earth sciences, 65; 61-67

Laletsang,K., Modisi,M.P., Shemang, E.M., Moffat, L., and Moagi, O.R., 2007. Shallow seismic refraction and magnetic studies at Lake Ngami, The Okavango Delta, Northwest Botswana. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 48; 95-99, Special Volume on the East African Rift.

Modisi,M.P., Atekwana, E.A, Kampunzu, A.B., and Ngwisanyi, T.H., 2000. Rift kinematics during the incipient stages of of continental extension: evidence from the nascent Okavango rift basin, northwest Botswana. Geology, 28(10), 939-942.

Modisi,M.P., 1995. The origin of chert breccia around Kanye. Botswana Notes and Records, 27; 299-308.

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