Winter 2012

Talking Science Blog:

Program participant Kaitlyn Gerber will be blogging about her experience on the Ecology in Australia program for "Talking Science." Read her initial post here, an interview with Faculty Director Dr. Annie Bosaker:

Director: Annie Bosacker

There is still so much to learn about the millions of organisms—many as yet unidentified—that inhabit this planet. On this program, we will spend the majority of our time outside, learning how we, as scientists, can address many of biology’s most exciting questions by gathering data where organisms live and die: in the field. Australia is an ideal place to learn about the challenges and opportunities associated with field research. Australia offers myriad habitats, all teeming with its unique flora and fauna. By studying these organisms in the wild, we can learn about their evolutionary history, their ecological present, and the uncertain future that all organisms face. Twenty-five student participants will explore Australia alongside Professor Bosacker and a team of local university instructors. Academic and logistical support is provided by Global Education Designs, an outstanding company specializing in program design and program support. Global has worked with Carleton programs in Australia since 1987.



The 2012 Coastal Marine Ecology seminar will use a variety of sites along the eastern coast of Australia, which will serve to showcase the diverse ecosystems of Australia. We will visit Australia’s famous Great Barrier Reef, where we will live at a research station on Heron Island and learn about the colorful and fragile organisms that inhabit the reef. We will also travel to North Stadbroke Island, a sub-tropical marine site with a range of unique habitats. Our travels will also include a selection of other sites—a tropical rain forest, the museums of Sydney and Brisbane, and the temperate waters of Victoria. Australia offers so many fascinating field sites to choose from.