Compare conservation histories between two countries, each once home to vast and spectacular rainforests. In New Zealand, students discover critically endangered flora and fauna and the events that have led to their decline. In Australia, students use their New Zealand experiences to critically compare political structures, co-management arrangements, land-use patterns, and biogeography.
Spend the summer immersed in the forests of Australia and New Zealand. These summer courses can be taken individually (4 credits) or in combination for a total of 8 credits. The combined summer program provides students with the opportunity to compare ecosystems and approaches to natural resource management, and practice techniques for field research. Students participating in both sessions receive a $1,000 discount.
Both sessions include a multi-day excursion to Daintree National Park. Only Session I includes a trip to New Zealand, while only Summer II includes a field trip on the Great Barrier Reef.
Week 2: Classes and traveling lectures in New Zealand
Week 3: Camping and traveling lectures in Mandingalbay Yidinji country
Week 4: Excursion to Daintree National Park, exam
Week 5: Closing activities
Itinerary subject to change.
A Note about Program Costs
Includes all pre-program advising services, room and board at the field station and on excursions, park entrance and research fees, program-related transportation, emergency evacuation insurance, and official transcript processing.
Does not include international airfare, international medical insurance, medical costs, and personal non-program related expenses.
This course compares and contrasts the ecological, geographic, social, economic, and historical factors that have shaped natural resource management in Australia and New Zealand. Students gain an understanding of the drivers of species extinctions and current conservation problems including management of endangered species. In both countries, students examine the influence of fragmentation on abiotic and biotic attributes of forest communities during field exercises, and identify management techniques with regard to biological systems, national boundaries, and political structures.