WFU/Australia: Ecology & Resource Management
Wake Forest University's Ecology & Resource Management summer program is based in North Queensland, Australia. Students will start the program in Townsville, the unofficial capital of North Queensland. The location provides an ideal setting for students to explore topics related to rainforest diversity, Great Barrier Reef management and conservation, and human-ecosystem interaction in the Australian outback.
Summer Session I; May 22 - June 14, 2015.
Students will need to leave the US on May 20. Program starts on the 22nd.
BIO 356. Ecology and Resource Management (4hrs).
Intensive field oriented course focusing on ecosystems, natural resource management and environmental conservation in Australia. Students travel to major biomes including sub-tropical rainforests, coral reefs and the Australian Outback. Laboratories are field-based, with some consisting of student-designed field projects.
This is an experiential program that explores the relationship between people and their natural environment. Queensland is home to lush green rainforests, the remote Outback, and the spectacular marine diversity of the Great Barrier Reef. Students spend about 70% of their time traveling the stunning national parks, forests, wildlife reserves, coastlines, and islands of North Queensland under the guidance of field professionals. A typical itinerary includes snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, hiking and studying wildlife in the Daintree rainforest, and studying aboriginal culture and wildlife of the Outback. The course can count as a Biology course (Bio 356, 4 credits) and as an elective for the Environmental Science and Environmental Studies minors.
Students will be housed at various field sites; accommodations may include lodges and hotels. At many field sites, students stay in semi-permanent tent camps with wooden floors and bunks. Some meals will be arranged by the program, others will be the responsibility of the student (ex. local restaurants)
The total cost of summer study abroad can be broken down into four categories:
*Program Fee - Usually covers room, in-country travel, excursions, some meals and other costs associated with the program.
*Tuition – Students on WFU summer programs pay WFU summer school tuition per credit hour. The 2014 summer rate was $900/per credit hour. Expect a slight increase for Summer 2015.
*Airfare (estimated) – Varies per location. Students are responsible for their own airfare unless otherwise noted.
*Personal Expenses (estimated) – These will vary depending on the students' spending habits, cost of living in the destination country, and the number of meals included in the program fee. This may also include visa fees, vaccinations, academic supplies/books and other miscellaneous daily expenses.
Program Fee (estimated) - $4,650
Tuition (4hrs, estimated) - $3,600
Airfare (estimated) - $2,000
Personal Expenses (estimated) - $500
Estimated total cost - $10,750
*Good academic standing
*Interest in ecology and resource management
Please contact the Center for Global Programs and Studies for information on summer scholarships.
Sullivan Scholarships may be available for students participating on this program. Awards up to $2,500. Inquire with Dr. Browne.
Dr. Robert Browne, Professor of Biology
Telephone: (336) 758 5569