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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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Click here for a definition of this term Advisor: Candice Snowden Click here for a definition of this term Who Can Apply?: UMA only - non-UMA students consult your study abroad office
Click here for a definition of this term Fields of Study: Anthropology, Biology, Environmental Sciences, International Relations, Natural Resources Conservation, Plant and Soil Sciences, Political Science Click here for a definition of this term Program Options: Independent Study, Undergraduate Research
Click here for a definition of this term Key Word Search: Ecotourism, Experiential Learning, Interdisciplinary, Peace & Conflict Studies Click here for a definition of this term Host Institution: Center for Rainforest Studies
Click here for a definition of this term Language(s) of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.8
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Study Abroad Click here for a definition of this term Summer Program Duration: 4-8 weeks
Click here for a definition of this term In Classes With: All US Students Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Class Standing: 2nd Sem Sophomore
Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Residence Hall
Program Description:

SFS AUSTRALIA: RAINFOREST TO REEF (SEMESTER)

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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

Discover the incredible biodiversity of the rainforest and study ecological resilience in the face of environmental threats like climate change. Learn about management and conservation issues in the rainforest and examine their downstream impacts on the Great Barrier Reef. Join community restoration ecology initiatives and study environmental policy and community conservation approaches while gaining 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.
  • Experience firsthand the transition from savannas on the edge of the Outback to the lush green coastal rainforests and mangroves.

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 you can see incredible wildlife from the front steps of your cabin. Nearby Yungaburra and Cairns provide the occasional return to civilization.


RESEARCH THEMES

  • Climate change
  • Rainforest fragmentation and recovery
  • Marsupial behavior
  • Aboriginal ecotourism
  • Forest ecotones
  • Habitat restoration
 

CORE SKILLS

  • GIS and GPS
  • Species identification and population monitoring
  • Forest survey methods
  • Animal behavior observation
  • Citizen science protocols
  • Research design and implementation
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Research 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 2020 11/15/2019 ** Varies 01/27/2020 04/30/2020

** Indicates rolling admissions.

If you are applying to a partner program, you must check their website for ACTUAL APPLICATION DEADLINES. The posted deadline above indicates when your UMass Abroad application materials are due and the program’s deadline may be sooner.