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 ecology
  • Rainforest, coastal, and marine management
  • 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

Field Skills

You will practice valuable skills in the field which may include: habitat and biodiversity assessment, rainforest restoration techniques, water quality assessments, human development impact assessment methods, and approaches to watershed management.


You will visit different ecosystems and communities while in the field, which may include primary and secondary tropical rainforest, wet sclerophyll forests, coastal scrub and mangrove, Melaleuca swamps, coral reefs, indigenous communities within the Daintree, and local conservation and restoration groups.

Spend the summer with SFS!

Get more out of your SFS experience when you take two summer sessions with SFS. More time to explore the ecosystems and communities, more time to learn about the complex environmental issues, and more time to learn essential field skills. Sessions feature different course topics and field excursions and you will have time to travel independently between sessions.

Australia Summer Session I: Rainforests of New Zealand and Australia

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All program components are subject to change.