The School for Field Studies (SFS) invites you to come study abroad on the Tropical Rainforest Studies program in Australia. This semester program, which takes place in Queensland, gives students a unique chance to travel to the tropical rainforest to both study and do hands-on fieldwork on rainforest management and restoration.
Coursework and research will revolve around the rainforest ecosystem dynamics and whether or not it is possible to restore a rainforest once it has been cleared. Topics will also include the effects of climate change and developing restoration and management strategies to benefit both human communities and the ecosystem. Students will try to form a model strategy to be used in the conservation of other rainforests. Students also explore the connection between the cultures of Aboriginal communities and their surrounding environments.
- 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