Australia Program 2015

The declining health of marine ecosystems is one of the most important contemporary issues in environmental science. A main goal of the term is to explore the physical and ecological features of coastal environments with a goal of understanding how natural and anthropogenic disturbances are impacting these systems. Fieldwork is an essential part of this program, and we will develop in-depth research projects in temperate and tropical coastal environments. Australia offers unique flora and fauna, geology, and marine systems, which have evolved over millions of years. Rivers, shorelines, intertidal areas, mangrove forests, and the Great Barrier Reef, will be the classrooms for the term.

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Annie Bosacker, Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology

Professor Bosacker studies the behavior of wild baboons in Gombe National Park, Tanzania. She is well-versed in the challenges of field work, having survived near misses with an aggressive chimpanzee as well as a violent political coup. Her research centers on the social lives of female baboons, and she is especially interested in the social coping strategies females use to reduce their exposure to the ravages of stress. Professor Bosacker is also a graduate of this program, and she is extremely excited to have the opportunity to return to Australia with Carleton students. In fact, she credits this program with saving her from a life in the lab, as she had originally intended to pursue a career in cellular biology.

For more information see the Off-Campus Studies Program Information.