Yungaburra, Australia
English instruction
Fall, Spring, Summer
Semester: 16 credits
Summer: 4 or 8 credits
Rolling admissions


The School for Field Studies (SFS) semester and summer programs in Queensland, Australia, provide exciting opportunities for students to study and work hands-on in rainforest management and restoration in the country’s tropical rainforest. SFS students, in collaboration with local landholders and stakeholder organizations, focus on enhancing the condition of tropical rainforests, as well as determining how to regenerate and restore the rainforest in the region.

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  • Camp in Chillagoe and explore the Outback's caves, rock formations, remnant dry rainforests, and eucalypt savannah
  • Excursion to Cape Tribulation and Daintree National Park
  • Lend a hand at the TREAT (Trees for the Evelyn and Atherton Tablelands Inc.) nursery and reforestation sites
  • Learn about the geology and historical geography of the region
  • Assess local residents’ and tourists’ attitudes toward nature and restoration
  • Assess seedling recruitment of restored tropical rainforest at revegetation sites
  • Examine growth and mortality of tropical rainforest species


Session I: Rainforest Management Studies in Australia and New Zealand

Large areas of northeastern Queensland, Australia, and northern New Zealand were once covered in spectacular rainforests. In New Zealand, students discover the country's critically endangered flora and fauna and the impacts that have led to their decline. In Australia, students build on their New Zealand experiences by examining similarities and differences in political structure, co-management arrangements, land use patterns, and biogeography.

Session II: Techniques for Rainforest Research in Australia

Examining the effects of habitat loss and fragmentation in rainforest systems and changes to the human communities living near them, students explore Australia's tropical rainforests and develop effective field skills while learning about rainforest restoration, conservation, impacts on the Great Barrier Reef, and sustainable development.

Summer Combined: Sessions I + II

Summer courses can be taken individually (4 credits) or back-to-back (8 credits). The combined summer program provides a thorough introduction to biodiversity conservation and the socioeconomic factors influencing land and resource management in two countries. Students participating in both sessions receive a tuition discount.


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