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|Program Sponsor:||Field Studies|
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|Language of Instruction:||English||Class Eligibility:||2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior (fall only)|
|Minimum GPA:||2.8||Maximum Credits Earned (per semester):||4.0|
|Academic Area of Study:||Biology, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies|
SFS Tropical Rainforest Studies
Rainforests are one of the world's most important and diverse ecosystems, yet thousands of acres disappear each day. Along with the loss and fragmentation of rainforest areas, global climate change may be playing an important role in influencing the loss of plant and animal species. Predictions for many endemic species and some vital ecosystems are indeed quite bleak.
For thousands of years the tropical rainforest of
RESEARCH IN A TROPICAL RAINFOREST AMID AN AMAZING VARIETY OF UNIQUE PLANTS, BIRDS, AND OTHER WILDLIFE
Work with local tree-planting groups and research organizations and learn from members of the indigenous community to manage forest resources. Learn about the current condition and dynamics of a tropical rainforest ecosystem, including what might be happening to this system as a consequence of global climate change. Participate in research and community projects to restore tropical rainforests. Explore some of the most exciting natural wonders of
While representing only a small percentage of the world's rainforest, the astonishing biodiversity of
The ecological and economic benefits of rainforests are increasingly well-understood, but much less is known about rainforest ecosystem dynamics and the ability to restore a rainforest once it has been cleared. Our goals are to help understand the dynamics of rainforest ecosystems, including potential impacts of global climate change, and in turn develop rainforest restoration strategies that benefit both ecosystems and human communities.
Student research work addresses a critical local and regional environmental problem, loss and fragmentation of once extensive rainforests, and the environmental policies that are currently under consideration by the local and Commonwealth governments. SFS staff and students, in collaboration with local landholders and stakeholder organizations, focus on enhancing the condition of tropical rainforests, as well as determining how and why we should regenerate and restore the rainforest on the Atherton Tablelands. Students collect data on potential responses to global climate change, habitat use and animal behaviors, resilience to cyclonic events, land use, local resident involvement in restoration projects, and cost effective and ecologically beneficial methods of restoration. Student work represents a vital contribution toward larger studies on global climate change, biological integrity of rainforest fragments, and developing restoration practices to maximize rates of plant growth and colonization by fauna. Students are actively involved in either rainforest replanting or site maintenance with local landcare groups.
Field Research, Lectures, and Exercises
Student Directed Research Project Examples
Student Research Contributions
Get Involved with the Local Community
Conservation, resource use, and rainforest restoration are extremely important to local farmers, resource managers, and concerned community groups. With the results of our research, we offer advice to local decision-makers and create linkages between our staff and the stakeholders involved in rainforest restoration and management. SFS students enjoy getting involved in community volunteer projects and social activities such as:
Applicants for semester programs must be at least 18 years of age, in good academic standing, and have completed at least one college-level ecology or biology course and at least one semester of college prior to the start of the program.
Applicants for summer programs must be at least 16 years of age, in good academic standing, and have completed at least their junior year of high school prior to the start of the program. For more information on our summer program in
OUR FIELD STATION IN
The Center for Rainforest Studies lies at the southern end of the Atherton Tablelands in the heart of the traditional land of the Yidinji people. Protected World Heritage forests and farmland surround the rolling, tropical site. A third of the property's 153 acres is mature rainforest within which the student cabins are nestled. Sightings of tropical birds, bandicoots, pademelons, primitive musky rat kangaroo, amethystine pythons, and other unique rainforest species are common. The site is alive with the sounds of the rainforest. Students share comfortably furnished eight- person cabins with adjacent shower and bathroom facilities. The main building has a fully equipped computer laboratory, 24-hour Internet access, up-to-date scientific library, and a student common room. Our kitchen and cook provide nutritious, healthy menus to suit all tastes.
Visit our Web site for a photo tour of our field station: www.fieldstudies.org
Read about student experiences:http://www.fieldstudies.org/pages/829_news_from_the_field.cfm
Semester students are registered in four academic courses accredited through
Course No. Name Credits
BI/EE (NS) 369 Rainforest Ecology 04
BI/EE (NS) 370 Principles of
EE (SS) 302 Environmental Policy and Socioeconomic Values 04
EE 491 or 492 Directed Research 04
tuition and fees
room and board
pre-departure and on-site orientations
The program fee does not include primary health insurance, airfare, optional travel, personal expenses, books or supplies.
Professor Carol Loeffler
P.O. Box 1773
Carlisle, PA 17013-2896
Phone: (717) 245-1360