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

Core Skills

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

Field Sites

You will visit different ecosystems and communities, 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 back-to-back summer sessions. More time to explore the ecosystems and communities, more time to learn about complex environmental issues, and more time to build practical skills. Each summer session focuses on a different topic, and you’ll 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.