Field Course title

Sustainability and Conservation: Citizen Science and Service Learning in Australia

Goals of the Program

  • Students will demonstrate a critical understanding of the field of conservation biology; the biodiversity of the varied terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems in Queensland, Australia; published scientific research behind global climate change and the international policies enacted thus far to mitigate it; published scientific research on the anthropogenic issues that are causing the loss of biodiversity of the Great Barrier Reef, and the scientific work and conservation efforts to restore it; the history, and present-day realities, of the indigenous people of North Queensland; and, the geography, culture, government, educational and environmental policies, and people of Australia.
  • Students will participate in international field-based research projects, journal their experiences, collect data in a professional scientific notebook, analyze and interpret authentic data – all under the supervision of professional scientists and university faculty.
  • Students will evaluate and synthesize how conservation efforts and scientific research are key components to maintaining species diversity and sustainability not only in Australian ecosystems, but ecosystems worldwide.
  • Students will be able to critically assess a problem, argument, scientific finding, or policy that pertains to ecosystem conservation and sustainability and contribute intellectually to a discussion on the topic at hand.
  • Students will work with international conservationists and researchers from various niches and with different expertise to learn conservation biology and sustainability core concepts and values through experiential learning.
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