Tropical Marine Ecology of Australia’s East Coast is a three and half-week short course providing an introduction to tropical marine ecosystems and the interactions of humans with these systems. It includes opportunities for snorkeling, scuba diving, reef walking, wildlife observation, nature photography and hiking. Through hands on research and exploration, you will learn and practice marine science in one of the most stunning coastal living environments on the planet: Australia’s East Coast.
This summer abroad course is led by preeminent marine biology faculty from both Australia and the U.S. Lectures will cover a broad range of topics in marine science:
- The Marine Environment
- Marine Biodiversity
- Tropical Marine Ecosystems: features and ecology of major tropical marine ecosystems
- Biogeography: factors influencing the animal and plant communities of islands
- Human exploitation and impacts
The hands-on learning environments will take you to spectacular islands, rain forests, and the Great Barrier Reef. Queensland, a place of adventure and amazement, rich in natural treasures and home of the Great Barrier Reef, is a great place to learn marine ecology.
You will begin the course in Brisbane, then continue on to experience extensive field studies on three unique island ecosystems (Stradbroke Island, Heron Island and North Keppel Island) before finishing in Rockhampton.
Tropical Marine Ecology of Australia’s East Coast is available as a summer study abroad program in Australia during the North American summer.
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