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  • Locations: Atherton Tablelands, Australia
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
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  • 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

COURSES
SFS 3020       Environmental Policy and Socioeconomic Values (4 credits)
SFS 3690       Rainforest Ecology (4 credits)
SFS 3700       Principles of Forest Management (4 credits)
SFS 4910       Directed Research (4 credits)

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

OVERVIEW
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.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
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. 
 

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 08/31/2019 08/31/2019 09/02/2019 12/05/2019
Spring 2020 10/26/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2020 10/26/2020 ** 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.