Why study cultural ecology in Australia?
This program has been modified with a later in-country start date preceded by one to two weeks online. The online portion will include: program orientation; introductory activities to get to know your academic director and local program team; faculty-led sessions; guest lectures to provide the theoretical frameworks for the course and historical background to the sites and partner organizations; readings; preliminary assignments; and discussions about independent study projects and, if applicable, internship opportunities. We will also have online discussions to debrief sessions and prepare you to join faculty, local team, and peers in country.
Situated between the Wet Tropics Bioregion and the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is the ideal base for exploring these two incredibly diverse and vulnerable regions. In these settings, you’ll learn to read the landscape and conduct marine, terrestrial, and anthropological fieldwork in a cross-cultural context.
Travel throughout North Queensland, exploring different ecosystems with high biodiversity and landscape values. From bushland to rainforest to the Great Barrier Reef, you’ll practice fieldwork techniques and observe some of Australia’s unique animal species. Through the program’s strong partnerships with researchers, you’ll have opportunities to network, build skills and experience, and participate in an existing research project.
- Spend a week with Aboriginal elders on a camping trip in remote bushland.
- Conduct scientific surveys and snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
- Experience the sights and sounds of the rainforest in outdoor “classrooms.”
- Develop fieldwork skills including surveying, observation, and interpretation.
Previous college-level coursework and/or other significant preparation in environmental studies, ecology, biology, or related fields, as assessed by SIT.