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The School for Field Studies: Tropical Rainforest Studies
Yungaburra, Australia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Spring
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Sponsor: Field Studies 
Budget Sheets Fall,
Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 03/12/2018 ** Rolling Admission 08/27/2018 11/29/2018
Spring 2019 09/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Provider:
SFS - School for Field Studies
Program Term(s):
Semester only
Minimum Class Standing:
Sophomore
Minimum GPA:
2.80
Prerequisites:
Yes
Previous Language Study Req?:
No
Language of Instruction:
English
Language courses offered:
None
Housing Options:
Residence Hall
Areas of Study:
Agriculture, Forestry, Lands Management, Anthropology/Ethnography, Biology, Cultural Studies, Development Studies, Ecology, Environmental Studies/Sustainability, Geography, Indigenous Studies, Political Science, Social Policy & Administration, Sociology
Program Design: Group based, Set Curriculum, Study Center, Theme based
Additional Program Options:
Field Study, Research Project
Program Description:



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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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