Study Abroad programs that offer Environment and Ecology coursework Australia Rainforest, Reef, and Cultural Ecology — Cairns This program explores the terrestrial and marine ecosystems of far North Queensland and the relationship of traditional and contemporary human cultures with the environment. Major topics of study include: Previous coursework in environmental studies, ecology, biology, or related fields is required. Australia The program is designed to empower students to make a positive contribution in building more sustainable societies.
Early in his career, he taught ecological study abroad programs in Costa Rica and then moved to North Queensland, where he taught at the Center for Rainforest Studies on the Atherton Tableland for eight years. Tony has also taught university-level ecological field studies programs in New Zealand.
His main research interests involve rainforest succession, especially reforestation plantings. Tony has worked with this program since He moved to North Queensland in and has extensive experience working there with US student groups. As president of the Tree Kangaroo and Mammal Group, he is also involved in community conservation on the Atherton Tablelands, where he lives; works part-time as a team leader in environmental restoration with Conservation Volunteers Australia; and guides short-term student field courses in North Queensland.
As a boy, Russell learned many traditional skills and stories from his grandmother. He specializes in teaching students the cultural and material aspects of the traditional Aboriginal lifestyle in coastal North Queensland.
Russell uses stories, discussions, and bush walks to teach students ethnobotany, tool making, and Aboriginal environmental philosophy. Inshe moved to Townsville, where she completed a BSc with Honors in marine biology in Her research focuses on the causes and consequences of biodiversity loss from a genetic to ecosystem level in coral reef fish assemblages and the effects of climate change on reef organisms.
Merryl Baetge, Field Assistant Throughout her career, Merryl has worked in diverse jobs, including nursing and leading short trips into remote wilderness areas of North Queensland.
She is responsible for assisting with the organization and logistics of materials and food services on field trips. My ISP [independent study project] month was simultaneously exhilarating and exhausting, a level of field work I had never experienced before.
Our days ran from 5 AM in the morning to check rodent traps, to counting bait and animal traces in each of our seven sites during the day, to 9 PM at night when we conducted spotlighting surveys for arboreal mammals.
While my ISP pushed me to my limits — through rain, leeches, mosquitoes, bogged trucks, and permit delays — I also spotted a dingo pup in the wild for the first time and learned to read marsupial tracks.
Homestay placements are arranged by a local coordinator who carefully screens and approves each family. Students frequently cite the homestay as the highlight of their program.
Read more about SIT homestays. You will experience a two-week homestay with an Australian family in Cairns, a small yet dynamic city with excellent access to tropical beaches, freshwater creeks fed by clear mountain streams, and other ecological treasures. During this period, you will attend lectures at Reef Teach and learn field techniques at nearby sites such as the Flecker Botanical Garden and Cairns mangrove boardwalk.
You might also visit the Cairns Esplanadean exceptional recreational area and internationally recognized migratory water bird habitat.
Your time in Cairns will give you varied perspectives on the Australian urban experience, Aboriginal issues in urban settings, and urban ecology. It also provides an excellent opportunity to discover the subtle yet substantial differences between US and Australian cultures.
Other accommodations during the program include hostels, small hotels, and campsites. Independent Study Project Independent Study Project You will spend the last five weeks of the program conducting original, independent research on a subject of your choice at a location appropriate to your topic.
For many students, the independent study project ISP is the highlight of their academic experience in Australia. It allows you to take the information you acquire from thematic coursework and field study and use it to design, implement, analyze, and write a scientifically valid research report.
Through your own initiative, you will network and collaborate with Australian experts. Many students have made lasting professional connections during their ISP.
Sample ISP topics have included: Approaches to controlling crown-of-thorns starfish outbreaks on the Great Barrier Reef Reforestation corridors as habitat for native wildlife Changes to fish behavior under elevated carbon dioxide levels Conservation issues affecting koalas, Tasmanian devils, and tree kangaroos Accessibility Accessibility This information is provided to assist you in identifying possible accessibility barriers and preparing for an accessible educational experience with SIT Study Abroad.
You should be aware that while in-country conditions and resources do vary by site, every effort is made to work collaboratively with qualified individuals to facilitate disability-related accommodation. Academics During the coursework phase of the program, you will generally be in class five to six days per week for three to five hours per day.
You will have breaks between classes. Course reading and in-class materials are typically available in a digital format. If you have questions about alternate format materials, testing accommodations, or other academic accommodations, you are encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services as early as possible.
Program Center The program office is accessible by a ramp. Its classrooms and restroom are either located on the ground level or accessible by an elevator. The restroom has running water.
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A weeklong Aboriginal camping excursion also takes place. You can expect some early rising and eight-hour days in the field.English I. Lower intermediate academic English, with activities to foster reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in English through communicative activities in a meaningful academic context.
Page 2 of 5 Rainforest The tropical rainforest is truly the world's most complex and diverse biome in both structure and species diversity. It is the richest source of life on earth. There are large amounts of precipitation, which is a major factor in plant growth.
The vast diversity of plants and animals affect every part of the rainforest in several ways. Coursework Semester Coursework Tropical Rainforest Studies: Gain an understanding of the dynamics of coastal rainforest ecosystems, explore downstream effects of rainforest management practices, and consider management strategies that support both biodiversity and the economic stability of local communities in the face of a changing climate.
On the Rainforest to Reef program, you will take three 4-credit disciplinary courses and a 4-credit capstone Directed Research course. Courses are participatory in nature and are designed to foster inquiry and active learning.
Each course combines lectures, field exercises, assignments, tests, and research. All courses are taught in English. Located in the Amazon rainforest near the Equator, the Shiripuno River/Yasuni National Park region is considered to have among the world’s greatest biodiversity.
After arriving in Quito, the capitol of Ecuador, we will travel to Puerto Francisco de Orellana, the gateway to the Amazon rainforest. Rainforest Ecology: General Instructors: LaRoy Brant, Ph.D.
The course is a hands-on field experience to familiarize students with the diversity of life in the rainforest while developing a deeper understanding of tropical forest ecology and conservation.