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  • Locations: Atherton Tableland, Australia
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: The School for Field Studies (SFS) 
  • Dates / Deadlines
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Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Internship & Research, Provider Education Abroad Advisor: Amanda Williamson
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Fields of Study: Anthropology, Biology, Business, Earth Sciences & Environmental Sustainability, Environmental Science, Forestry, Geography, Planning, & Recreation, International Hospitality Management, Politics & International Affairs, Sciences
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
 


Please note that tuition waivers (Lumberjack, President’s Dean’s, Gold, Blue, etc.) may not be eligible for this program, but other FAFSA financial aid (grants, loans) can usually be applied. In our meeting, we can talk through the fine print and see if you can apply your tuition waiver or not.

Make an appointment with the Education Abroad Advisor at NAU for more information!

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2022 04/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2023 10/15/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2023 04/01/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

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