AUSTRALIA SUMMER I: RAINFORESTS OF NEW ZEALAND AND AUSTRALIA
- Term: Summer Session I
- Credits: 4 semester-hour credits (8 credits if taken with Session II)
- Prerequisites: No course prerequisites: 18 years of age
- Application Deadline: Rolling admissions. Early applications encouraged
- Financial Aid: All accepted students can apply for need-based scholarships, grants, and loans
Session I: SFS 3540 Rainforest Management Studies (4 credits)
Climate change resilience, habitat restoration, marsupial behavior, Aboriginal ecotourism, post-logging forest recovery, forest ecotones
GIS, species identification and population monitoring, forest survey methods, research design, data collection, scientific writing and presentation
This is not the Australia you know. Towering strangler fig trees and prehistoric species such as the southern cassowary and salt water crocodile can be found in these ancient rainforests. Far North Queensland is one of the most biodiverse places in the world, preserving more than 500 million years of evolutionary history. It is also home to Earth’s largest living organism – the Great Barrier Reef.
Based in this rugged region, SFS conducts field exercises in Australia’s legendary forests, with excursions to the edge of the Outback and the Great Barrier Reef. Our research focuses on the environmental threats that have caused rainforest fragmentation, species loss, and reef die-off, and contributes to community efforts to reverse these trends.
Our Center lies at the end of a narrow, winding road, in the middle of a lush rainforest. The 153-acre property is surrounded by protected World Heritage forests, and comes alive at night with the sounds of wildlife. The nearby town of Yungaburra and city of Cairns provide the occasional return to civilization.
In this two-country program, you will learn how environmental and social factors have contributed to forest fragmentation in the spectacular, once-vast rainforests of Australia and New Zealand. Compare endangered species management practices, meet with indigenous communities to learn about their natural resource use, and examine ecosystem restoration approaches.
- Learn about the Maori people’s connection with nature as you explore the ancient podocarp and Kauri forests of northern New Zealand, which contain trees estimated to be more than 2,000 years old.
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