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  • Locations: Atherton Tableland, Australia
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • Program Sponsor: Field Studies 
  • Restrictions: WWU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 04/01/2018 ** 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.
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Program Type: Field Study, Study Abroad Language of Instruction: English
Fields of Study: Anthropology, Biology, Botany, Ecology, Economics, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Geography & Land Studies, Hospitality & Tourism, International Studies Housing Options: Student Residence/ On Campus
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Description:



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TECHNIQUES FOR RAINFOREST RESEARCH,
AUSTRALIA


PROGRAM DETAILS

  • Term: Summer Session II
  • Credits: 4 semester-hour credits (8 credits if taken with Session I)
  • Prerequisites: No course prerequisites: 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

Students explore Australia’s tropical rainforests and develop effective field skills while learning about rainforest restoration, conservation, and sustainable development. Students learn the skills required to design and implement research projects and to present their results in scientific reports.
  • Learn sampling design, GPS and GIS techniques, plant identification, forest survey techniques, animal survey methods, and social science research techniques
  • Experience largely intact lowland forest and contrast with the fragmentation effects impacting the rainforests of the Atherton Tablelands
  • Learn rainforest research field techniques on unique flora and fauna in Australia, which are transferable to any other forest ecosystem in the world
  • Practice remote and hands-on sampling of rainforest fauna including field techniques such as trapping, behavioral observations, and spotlighting
  • Learn social science survey techniques, and how to quantifiably and qualitatively assess human resource use and how it relates to restoration and conservation


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