This program provides students with the opportunity to explore the unique flora and fauna of Australia, study marine ecology on and near the Great Barrier Reef, and consider the country's past and ongoing struggle with invasive species. This program is suggested for Biology and ENVS majors. Field experience enhances classroom instruction at James Cook University in Cairns, Queensland. During the third week of the course, students take a week-long field excursion to sites near Cairns. Field sites include the Daintree Research Observatory, Great Barrier Reef, Fitzroy Island, and Cape Tribulation.
- Tropical North Queensland is home to not one, but two UNESCO World Heritage listed sites - the Great Barrier Reef (one of the seven natural wonders of the world!) and the Daintree National Rainforest.
- Cairns is a a culturally diverse city that caters to students, travelers, and locals alike with a laid-back feel and vibrant nightlife.
- Cairns is the most common gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.
- Spend 3 days in the Daintree Rainforest, a tropical rainforest with one of the most complex ecosystems on Earth.
- The 5th-most-populous city in Queensland, Cairns boasts a population of 144,787.
Application Deadlines: Applications will be accepted starting December 13. The application deadline is February 14. Emory College Study Abroad encourages students to submit their applications as early as possible, as some programs reach capacity by the end of January.
Acceptance Process: This program accepts applications on a rolling basis.
June 20, 2020- July 25, 2020 (The official program dates are the arrival and departure dates for the program)
BIOL/ENVS 349 Ecology of Invasion
Dr. Chris Beck
4 credit hours
This course examines the ecological and evolutionary factors that allow species to become invasive. It also explores the ecological consequences of invasive species. The course involves lecture, discussion of research articles on Australian invasive species, and field trips to different ecosystems in Queensland, Australia, to examine the impact of invasive species.
ENVS/BIOL 375 Tropical Marine Ecosystems
Dr. Carolyn Keogh
4 credit hours
This course will explore coastal and near-shore tropical marine ecosystems including mangroves and coral reefs. Students will review key concepts of marine ecology with a focus on local ecosystems. Field excursions to local sites will provide opportunities to learn from researchers studying these ecosystems, and from organizations involved in local conservation and management. In 2020, this course will be taught in Queensland, Australia, with a special focus on the Great Barrier Reef.
Text: Veron, J.E.N. A reef in time: The Great Barrier Reef from beginning to end.
For most of the program, students will stay in single rooms at the UniLodge John Grey Hall at James Cook University. Each apartment will include basic kitchen facilities (fridge/freezer, sink, cooktop, and microwave). During the 3-night field trip to the Daintree Rainforest Observatory, students will stay in shared dorm style accommodation.
Cost and Funding
A full description of the program costs and billing procedures is described in the budget sheet
Emory undergraduate students who qualify are considered by the Office of Financial Aid for a summer aid award after registration in summer study abroad classes. The amount of the award depends on the number of credits and current financial aid package. Students currently receiving financial aid from Emory are typically eligible. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for information about specific awards. Emory Scholars are informed separately about the procedures for Scholars Summer Study Abroad awards. Emory University Employee Courtesy Scholarships may be applied to the academic fee portion of the summer study abroad program's cost. For more information, please see Summer Study Abroad Scholarships.
Biology majors with demonstrated financial need can apply for up to $2,500 for expenses related to the program. For details on applying, contact Dr. Chris Beck (firstname.lastname@example.org). ENVS majors are eligible to apply for funding from the Lester Field Course grant, which can cover a maximum of 1/2 the program cost outside of tuition. Additional information can be found on the ENVS website. Applications for summer field course funding are due by February 15.
Each summer study abroad program will have at least one mandatory pre-departure orientation session and/or other pre-departure activities for accepted program participants. The Program Director will contact program participants with details. Emory College Study Abroad will also require all students to complete a mandatory online pre-departure orientation by April 15. This assignment will be deployed through Canvas in early April.
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