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  • Locations: Atherton Tablelands, Australia
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: The School for Field Studies (SFS) 
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Description:

AUSTRALIA SEMESTER: RAINFOREST TO REEF


PROGRAM DETAILS

  • Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Credits: 16 semester-hour credits
  • Prerequisites: One semester of college-level ecology, biology, or environmental studies/science; 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


OVERVIEW

Immerse yourself in the rich biodiversity of the rainforest and learn about ecological resilience in the face of climate change and other environmental threats. Connect rainforest management and conservation issues with downstream impacts on the Great Barrier Reef. Become a part of largescale restoration ecology experiments and study environmental policy and community conservation approaches while developing skills in field research and data collection.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Explore the world’s oldest rainforest – the Daintree – then work alongside citizen volunteers to regenerate critical rainforest habitats.
  • Travel to the Great Barrier Reef to learn about the biological links between rainforest and reef ecosystems.
  • Head out of the rainforest to the edge of the Outback and explore the region’s savanna ecosystems and vast limestone caves.

THE FIELD STATION:
Students live and study at the SFS Center for Rainforest Studies. 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.


RESEARCH THEMES

  • Climate change resilience
  • Habitat restoration
  • Marsupial behavior
  • Aboriginal ecotourism
  • Post-logging forest recovery
  • Forest ecotones
 

FIELD SKILLS

  • GIS
  • Species identification and population monitoring
  • Forest survey methods
  • Research design
  • Data collection
  • Scientific writing and presentation
 

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CONNECT WITH SFS

Visit the SFS website
Call the Admissions Hotline at 800.989.4418
Email admissions@fieldstudies.org
Read updates from the field on the SFS Blog
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Watch student videos on YouTube and Vimeo
 

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 12/31/2018 12/31/2018 01/28/2019 05/02/2019
Fall 2020 02/22/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2019 08/31/2019 08/31/2019 09/02/2019 12/05/2019
Spring 2020 10/25/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.