summer session II


Watersheds of the Wet Tropics


This academically rigorous program follows a six-day/week schedule. The interdisciplinary curriculum is designed to help students actively discover and understand the complexities of environmental, social, and economic issues in Australia.

Major academic themes include:

  • Watershed management
  • Rainforest, coastal, and marine ecology
  • Ecosystem connections between the rainforest and reef
  • Biodiversity assessments
  • Impacts of human development


On the Watersheds of the Wet Tropics program, you will take one 4-credit course. This course is participatory in nature and is designed to foster inquiry and active learning combining lectures, field exercises, assignments, and tests. This course is taught in English.

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SFS 3161 Wet Tropics Watershed Ecology and Conservation 4 credits

Core Skills

You will gain practical skills in the field such as: habitat and biodiversity assessment, rainforest restoration techniques, water quality assessments, citizen science protocols, human development impact assessment methods, and approaches to watershed management.

Field Sites

You will visit different ecosystems and communities which may include the Great Barrier Reef, primary and secondary tropical rainforest, coastal scrub and mangrove, Melaleuca (paperbark) swamps, coral reefs, Indigenous communities, and local conservation and restoration groups.

A summer with SFS!

Take back-to-back summer sessions and get the hands-on learning and skill-building experiences of an internship, while also going off the beaten path and exploring the world. Each summer session focuses on a different topic, and you’ll have time to travel independently between sessions. Receive a $1,000 discount on your second session (effective for Summer 2020).

Rainforests of New Zealand and Australia (Summer I)

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All program components are subject to change.