Why study natural and cultural ecology in Australia?
Situated between the Wet Tropics Bioregion and the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is the ideal base for exploring this incredibly diverse region and its human inhabitants. In this globally significant ecological setting, you will 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 exploring a different worldview with Aboriginal elders on a camping trip in remote bushland.
- Conduct scientific surveys while snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
- Experience the sights and sounds of the rainforest in outdoor “classrooms.”
- Develop fieldwork and interpretation skills using a range of survey and analytical methods.
Previous college-level coursework or background in environmental studies, ecology, biology, or related fields, as assessed by SIT.