In this two-country program, you’ll learn how environmental and social factors have led to forest fragmentation in the spectacular, once-vast rainforests of Australia and New Zealand. Compare endangered species management practices, meet with indigenous communities to learn about their natural resource use and relationship with the environment, and examine ecosystem restoration approaches.
For the first half of the program, students live and study in locations throughout New Zealand. The second half of the program is based out of the SFS Center for Rainforest Studies in Australia. 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 comes alive at night with the sounds of wildlife.
- Learn about the Māori people’s connection with nature as you explore the ancient podocarp and Kauri forests of northern New Zealand, which contain trees estimated to be more than 2,000 years old.
- Develop core skills including: GIS & GPS, species ID & population monitoring, forest survey methods, animal behavior observation, citizen science protocols, research presentation, research design, implementation & presentation, data collection & analysis