[Coral-List] Ningaloo Reef Tropical Marine Biology winter (northern summer) course 2011 at Murdoch University
Mike van Keulen
keulen at murdoch.edu.au
Wed Apr 6 22:09:45 EDT 2011
A few places are still available for this
intensive short course, to be run in June 2011.
Please see details below and if interested, contact us as soon as possible.
(Please note, we are not able to offer any
financial assistance to participate in this course.)
Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia is
pleased to announce its Tropical Marine Biology
short course offering in Perth/Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia in June 2011.
Course dates: 13-30 June, 2011
Course instructor: Dr. Mike van Keulen, Murdoch University
Qualifications: Undergraduates who have at least
a second-year natural science background
(suitable fields include biology, ecology,
environmental science, marine science or conservation biology).
Credit: 4 Murdoch Credits in general 9 Murdoch
credits is equivalent to 12 US credits; please
refer to your agent/advisor as to how this transfers back to your home Uni.
Application deadline is March 14th 2011 for first
round of admissions. Later applications will also
receive consideration on a space-available basis
up to 4 weeks before the course starts.
Tuition: AUS$5,250 (Fees include accommodation,
field trip & food on the field trip).
Murdoch University has an outstanding reputation
for Marine and Environmental Science - We were
the first university in Australia to offer
Environmental Science and the first in Western
Australia to offer Marine Science.
Murdoch University owns and operates the Coral
Bay Research Station, located on the
world-renowned Ningaloo Reef. Murdoch is also
home to the Centre for Fish and Fisheries
Research, with links to the Western Australian
Marine Science Institute (WAMSI).
The only course of its kind in Western Australia,
Murdochs Tropical Marine Biology short course covers three main areas:
The diversity and physical
processes of WA tropical marine habitats
A focus on coral reef environments;
the biodiversity of reef organisms
Biological processes, with a focus on coral reefs ecosystems.
This intensive short course includes the following:
A one week lecture series with
laboratory classes, based at Murdoch Universitys
South Street campus in Perth; assessment will be a short theory examination.
A 12-day field trip to Coral Bay,
Ningaloo Reef, located 1100 km north of Perth.
You will be working from the Coral Bay Research
Station. Field work will consist of two group
projects, comprising one survey exercise and one
other project; assessment will be by group oral
presentations and two individual written reports.
Tutorial participation and/or a blog will complete the assessment.
Included in your field trip will be
a two hour glass-bottomed boat orientation cruise
and a wildlife interaction tour that includes
whale watching, snorkelling, a chance to swim
with manta rays. There is also plenty of down
time, where you are welcome to explore the area;
opportunities include a range of commercial tours
including SCUBA diving, ATV tours, snorkelling and swimming.
While completing your on campus studies, you will
be housed at Murdoch Campus Village
(www.murdochuv.com.au). In Coral Bay you will be
staying at Ningaloo Reef Adventure Camps in high
quality safari tents located in a private area
within the Coral Bay town site, with private facilities and amenities.
This course is also popular with local students
and you will be studying alongside them and
working together on research projects during the field trip.
For further information please contact Dr Mike
van Keulen (keulen at murdoch.edu.au). Initial
applications should be by email enquiry and sent
to Anny Lim (A.Lim at murdoch.edu.au).
Dr Mike van Keulen
Senior Lecturer in Plant Sciences and Marine Biology
Director - Coral Bay Research Station
Murdoch University, WA 6150, Australia
List-owner: Seagrass_Forum, Mangrove
Ph: +61 8 93602369 E-mail:
<mailto:keulen at murdoch.edu.au>keulen at murdoch.edu.au
Fax: +61 8 93606303 URL: http://wwwstaff.murdoch.edu.au/~keulen/
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