Maymester: Reefs and Rainforests - Australia
Program Dates: This program will not be held in 2014.
Estimated Program Fee: TBD
Dr. Mary Poteet, College of Natural Sciences and Dr. Chris Bell, Jackson School of Geosciences
Description: This intensive program engages students through observation and hands-on study of the diverse and often wondrous natural history of Australia, while teaching methods of quantitative field observations, experimental design, research methods, and scientific presentation. The first week of the program takes place on Magnetic Island, Australia. During hikes and snorkeling, students will observe a diverse terrestrial fauna and flora. Students will engage with managers at government agencies located in Townsville such as the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. In Townsville, students will also tour the reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium – the National Reef Education Centre for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority – to better their understanding of coral reef ecology, diversity, management practices, and fish identification.
Six days of the course will take place on the Atherton Tablelands with a base in the town of Yungaburra and daily excursions by charter bus to a number of locations, including the Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walk for discussions of rainforest diversity, forest disturbance and recovery, Lake Barrine and Lake Eacham to learn about local geology and evolution of landforms and biota, and the Mareeba Wetlands with discussion of conservation efforts in Australia and wildlife viewing in an Australian savanna.
The final 14 days will be at the Lizard Island Research Station on Lizard Island, Queensland. Lizard Island is an outstanding representative of the terrestrial, marine, and cultural diversity of the Great Barrier Reef. Here students will learn the evolutionary history and ecological complexity of island ecosystems. The course will require snorkeling on the reef and hiking on the island. The Lizard Island Research Station is the only field facility of the prestigious Australian Museum, the oldest natural history museum in Australia and widely acknowledged as among the best in the world in terms of scientific research, exhibitions, and educational programs.
Course credit: BIO 337 and NSC 109 Maymester Seminar: Australia
Application Deadline: November 1, 2013
Attend One of These Fall Info Sessions:
Questions about the program? Please contact the Office for Research and International Study at 512-232-9358, or stop by our office in Painter Hall 3.04.