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  • Locations: Atherton Tablelands, Australia
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer Session 1, Summer Session 2
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  • Program Sponsor: The School for Field Studies (SFS) 
  • Dates / Deadlines
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Advisor: Candice Snowden Who Can Apply?: UMA only - non-UMA students consult your study abroad office
Fields of Study: Anthropology, Biology, Earth Systems, Environmental Sciences, International Relations, Natural Resources Conservation, Plant and Soil Sciences, Political Science Program Options: Independent Study, Undergraduate Research
Key Word Search: Asian Studies, Ecotourism, Experiential Learning, Interdisciplinary, Peace & Conflict Studies Host Institution: Center for Rainforest Studies
Language(s) of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.8
Program Type: Study Abroad Summer Program Duration: 4-8 weeks
Minimum Class Standing: 2nd Sem Sophomore Housing: Residence Hall
Program Description:

AUSTRALIA SEMESTER: RAINFOREST TO REEF


PROGRAM DETAILS

  • Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Credits: 16 semester-hour credits
  • Prerequisites: One semester of college-level ecology, biology, or environmental studies/science; 18 years of age
  • Application Deadline: Rolling admissions. Early applications encouraged
  • Financial Aid: All accepted students can apply for need-based scholarships, grants, and loans


OVERVIEW

Immerse yourself in the rich biodiversity of the rainforest and learn about ecological resilience in the face of climate change and other environmental threats. Connect rainforest management and conservation issues with downstream impacts on the Great Barrier Reef. Become a part of largescale restoration ecology experiments and study environmental policy and community conservation approaches while developing skills in field research and data collection.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Explore the world’s oldest rainforest – the Daintree – then work alongside citizen volunteers to regenerate critical rainforest habitats.
  • Travel to the Great Barrier Reef to learn about the biological links between rainforest and reef ecosystems.
  • Head out of the rainforest to the edge of the Outback and explore the region’s savanna ecosystems and vast limestone caves.

THE FIELD STATION:
Students live and study at the SFS Center for Rainforest Studies. Our Center lies at the end of a narrow, winding road, in the middle of a lush rainforest. The 153-acre property is surrounded by protected World Heritage forests, and comes alive at night with the sounds of wildlife. The nearby town of Yungaburra and city of Cairns provide the occasional return to civilization.


RESEARCH THEMES

  • Climate change resilience
  • Habitat restoration
  • Marsupial behavior
  • Aboriginal ecotourism
  • Post-logging forest recovery
  • Forest ecotones
 

FIELD SKILLS

  • GIS
  • Species identification and population monitoring
  • Forest survey methods
  • Research design
  • Data collection
  • Scientific writing and presentation
 

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CONNECT WITH SFS

Visit the SFS website
Call the Admissions Hotline at 800.989.4418
Email admissions@fieldstudies.org
Read updates from the field on the SFS Blog
Follow SFS on Instagram and Facebook
Watch student videos on YouTube and Vimeo
 





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TROPICAL RAINFOREST STUDIES,
AUSTRALIA


PROGRAM DETAILS

  • Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Credits: 16 semester-hour credits
  • Prerequisites: One semester of college-level ecology, biology, or environmental studies/science; 18 years of age
  • Application Deadline: Rolling admissions. Early applications encouraged
  • Financial Aid: All accepted students can apply for need-based scholarships, grants, and loans


OVERVIEW

Spend a semester in the heart of an ancient rainforest. This program addresses regenerating and restoring the once extensive tropical rainforests of the Atherton Tablelands, particularly the upland remnant forests threatened by climate change, as well as riparian forests that play an important role in the health of downstream ecosystems like the Great Barrier Reef. Students work with local stakeholders and indigenous groups to understand the livelihoods of local communities, natural resource management by these groups, and the connection of these communities to the surrounding environments.


WHAT YOU'LL STUDY

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


FIELD EXPERIENCES

  • Visit World Heritage listed rainforests to learn about the ecology, geology, and historical biogeography of  Queensland’s Wet Tropics
  • Explore the traditional lands of local Aboriginal groups, gaining an understanding of indigenous peoples’ use and management of natural resources
  • Study the threat that climate change poses to tropical rainforests and use modeling tools to predict its impact in the Wet Tropics
  • Use spatial tools, such as GPS and GIS, to assess land use change and habitat use by different species
  • Work alongside citizen volunteers to regenerate rainforest in critical riparian and high elevation sites.
 

DIRECTED RESEARCH

Through Directed Research (DR)—as opposed to basic, applied, or independent research—students conduct research on a specific topic that is part of the SFS Center’s long-term strategic research plan, which has been developed in partnership with local community stakeholders and clients.

The course, taught by resident SFS faculty, provides students with the opportunity to apply the scientific process in a mentored field research project that addresses a local environmental issue. Through the DR project, students contribute to a growing body of scientific research that informs local conservation and resource management decisions.
 


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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UMass/IPO Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 12/01/2018 ** Varies 01/28/2019 05/02/2019
Fall 2019 05/01/2019 ** Varies TBA TBA
Summer Session 2 2019 05/01/2019 ** Varies TBA TBA
Summer Session 1 2019 05/01/2019 ** Varies TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admissions.

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