BSCI 279A: Natural History, Ecology, and Geology of Australia (3 credits)
Please join us for a 3-week adventure this summer (July 7–July 29) to explore the culture, the geology, and the natural history of Australia. The focus of this travel–study experience is the ecology, geology, and environment of the Australian deserts, tropical rainforests, and coral reefs. At each stop, we will discuss the lives of the Aboriginal peoples who settled these lands and their interactions with the environment as well as how they were subsequently affected by European colonial settlement. Faculty from the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences will provide expertise on the geology and biology of Australia along with the historical interplay between aboriginal and European cultures.
After spending 2 days in Sydney, we travel to the desert outback for 5 days followed by 4 days in tropical North Queensland. We end our adventure with 6 days on Lizard Island, a National Marine Park on the Great Barrier Reef.
Dates: July 7–July 29, 2012
Program Fee: $3875.00 (includes mandatory insurance and Education Abroad Fees, round-trip flights between Cairns and Lizard Island, all ground transportation, all tours and admissions, use of snorkeling boats and experienced boat captains, all lodging, and almost all meals for 23 days)
Airfare: »$2400.00 (Round-trip Washington to Sydney, including in-country flights from Sydney to Darwin from Darwin to Cairns, and from Cairns to Sydney. Based on 2010 costs)
For Additional Information: Contact Dr. Reid Compton, Director, College Park Scholars–Life Sciences ([log in to unmask]; 301/405-6916)