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BIOL3055: Field Studies in Biology

2020 unit information

Our planet is undergoing significant change and the marine environments are arguably the most critical for supporting life. Both tropical reef and estuarine environments are visibly deteriorating in ways we still poorly understand. This unit is a unique opportunity for you to explore and document these environments in the relatively pristine locations of the southern Great Barrier Reef. You will work together with world-class scientists to document how the reef, tropical rainforests and mangroves are being impacted by human and climatological activity. Experts will teach you how to monitor, sample and record a broad variety of physical and physiological environmental parameters and you will gather your own unique sets of data. You will also use cutting edge methods to capture and document your research sites using tools such as 360 and normal video and photography to capture the environment (both above and below the water) as well as UV photography to capture the natural fluorescent beauty of the plants and animals. You will learn creative ways to visualize your data. At the completion of the unit you will create both a scientific report and a multimedia communication piece that explain your findings. This unit will give you new tools and skills to observe, capture and explain exciting marine environments and provide you with a strong foundation for further careers in marine biology and ecology.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Life and Environmental Sciences Academic Operations

Code BIOL3055
Academic unit Life and Environmental Sciences Academic Operations
Credit points 6
Completion of 96cp of units of study
Assumed knowledge:

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Intensive January 2020
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Outline unavailable

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