[Coral-List] Tropical Marine Biology short course at Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

Mike van Keulen keulen at murdoch.edu.au
Wed Feb 2 20:32:53 EST 2011

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: AU$5,250 (Fees include accommodation, 
field trip & food on the field trip).

Course summary:

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, 
Murdoch’s 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 University’s 
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, snorkeling, 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, snorkeling 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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