Unit field trip opportunities
- BIO2011: Ecology Field Trip to a rocky shore at Flinders
- BIO3021: Marine Biology Field Trip to Heron Island
- BIO3021: Marine Biology Field Trip to Queenscliff
- BIO3091: Australian Vegetation Field Trip to Lake Mountain
- BIO3820: Tropical terrestrial biology field trip to Borneo
Ecology field trip to a rocky shore at Flinders (BIO2011)
Ecology aims to explain patterns and processes in the natural world and to predict how individuals, populations and communities will respond under particular circumstances, including those caused by human activity. Because the domain of Ecology is broad, ranging from individuals organisms to the biosphere, emphasis is placed on integrating ecological processes across spatial and temporal scales.
Ecology is a field science, so all students will participate in field projects, develop skills in quantitative field sampling, analysis of datasets, and the production of scientific papers from their work. The practical component of the unit will consist of laboratory work (normal prac times throughout semester) AND a rocky shore field trip to Flinders on a weekend during semester.
Tropical Marine Biology field trip to Heron Island (BIO3021)
Heron Island is an evergreen coral cay surrounded by 24 hectares of coral reef forming part of the Capricorn/Bunker group at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef. Students undertaking the third year marine biology unit have the opportunity of carrying out their practical work on a field trip to Heron Island, or they can choose to conduct their work at the temperate marine camp at Queenscliff in Victoria. For the tropical camp we stay at the University of Queensland Research Station and study the life found on and around this coral cay. Student activity and involvement in the design and execution of their project stimulates informed exploration of the biology of the fascinating plants and animals that make up a tropical reef system. There are many opportunities to explore this tropical island and there is time for some spectacular snorkelling.
Temperate Marine Biology field trip to Queenscliff (BIO3021)
The coastline of south-eastern Australia provides a wide diversity of habitats and associated plant and animal life. The practical work for students enrolled in marine biology involves spending a week in February at the Queenscliff Marine Station. Working in small project groups with a staff member, they investigate various aspects of the biology of plants and animals from intertidal and shallow sub tidal shore environments. Students are actively involved in the design of the project and devising appropriate methods and then carry out the research in the field and using laboratory observations and experiments.
Ecology of Australian vegetation field trip to Lake Mountain (BIO3091)
The practical work for this unit involves a field trip to Lake Mountain. The projects we run at Lake Mountain during the mid-semester break provide practical experience of some of the methods and ecological principles covered in the lecture course.
Tropical terrestrial biology field trip to Borneo (BIO3820)
The field course is jointly run by the Clayton and Malaysian campuses of Monash University and runs as a week long compulsory field component at Gunung Mulu National Park in Borneo-Malaysia during the second semester break. The students will gain an understanding of the importance of climate, nutrient cycling, disturbance, and succession on the ecology of tropical plants and animals. Conservation and management issues will also be examined.