About The Program
A model of diversity, Australia is home to more species of plants, mammals, birds, and amphibians than any other country. If you’re passionate about oceanography, ecology, and conservation, this fieldwork program is a perfect fit. Check out a dry rainforest and an outback cattle station, all on one island. Boat to island research stations, including one on the Great Barrier Reef. Spend your days snorkeling, researching coral bleaching, and watching newly hatched baby turtles race to the sea in the moonlight. On breaks, head inland to slide down the sand dunes. Cuddle a koala, hang out with wallabies and kangaroos, or hit the Gold Coast for surfing.
Where you'll study
Brisbane (pronounced Briz-bin), the capital city of the state of Queensland, is located in the tropical northeast on the Pacific. Home to hundreds of nationalities and over 200 languages, Brisbane is one of the most multicultural cities in Australia. It is also its greenest city in the country. Within this exciting locale, the University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s premier research institutions. Among UQ's research locations is Heron Island, where you'll spend much of your time. Heron Island is famous for its spectacular coral reef, extraordinary aquatic life, migrating whales, and nesting turtles. The Heron Island Research Station is the first marine research station established on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Situated in an area of significant environmental value, the station supports modern scientific and environmental research with six boats, snorkel and SCUBA equipment, and experienced marine research staff. There are separate education and research spaces, with scientific equipment rarely seen outside large mainland laboratories. The research station’s facilities include modern labs, seminar rooms, an outdoor aquaria deck and reef tank. The aquaria deck is connected to a flowing sea water system that draws water directly from the reef. The teaching labs have fresh and salt water taps, driving ovens, and microscopes. The station has everything you need to investigate the diverse habitats and environmental concerns of the area.