Semester

Tropical Rainforest Studies

Australia

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Spend a semester in the heart of an ancient rainforest when you study abroad in Australia with SFS. This program addresses the loss and fragmentation of these once-extensive rainforests, and examines environmental policies on local and national levels. SFS staff and students, in collaboration with local landholders and stakeholder organizations, focus on enhancing the condition of tropical rainforests and determining how to regenerate and restore the rainforest of the Atherton Tablelands. Of particular importance are the upland remnant forests threatened by climate change and the riparian forests that play an important role in the health of downstream ecosystems like the Great Barrier Reef. Students also work with indigenous groups to explore the cultures and livelihoods of Aboriginal communities, current and historical natural resource management by these groups, and the connection of these communities to their surrounding changing environments.

Language:
Coursework is taught in English
Credits:
16
Prerequisites:
One semester of college-level ecology, biology, or environmental studies/science

Semester


Location

Queensland - Australia


Fall 2018

August 27 - November 29

Open

Spring 2019

January 28 - May 2

Open


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Price

Tuition:

$17,675

Room & Board:

$5,280


?   Total Cost:

$22,955

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Academics

Australia SFS Web (26)

What You'll Study


  • Rainforest ecology and conservation
  • Community landscape management
  • Restoration ecology
  • Climate change
  • Aboriginal knowledge and histories
  • Threatened-species conservation
  • Sustainable tourism practices

What You'll Practice


  • Research design and implementation
  • GIS use and applications
  • Terrestrial species identification and population monitoring
  • Quantitative & qualitative data collection and analysis
  • Land-use assessment
  • Interview and survey methods
  • Scientific writing and presentation
  • Forest survey methods

Student Research Projects


  • Improve species’ resilience potential through climate modeling, rainforest corridor plantings, and assessment of forest restoration efforts
  • Work alongside Aboriginal people to help determine opportunities and challenges with the development of eco-cultural tourism
  • Study tree kangaroo colonization of restored rainforests
  • Use plant functional traits to predict drought and cyclone resistance
  • Study long-term effects of selective logging and forest recovery patterns


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Center for Rainforest Studies


Australia

Students attending this program will be based at the SFS Center for Rainforest Studies in Yungaburra. Click here to find out more about the Center and life at the field station.

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