Thursday, January 14, 2010

Tropical Marine Biology in Queensland, Australia June 8 to 29, 2010

Tropical Marine Biology in Australia
MCCD Study Abroad Program

$5,500.00 for Room & Board, Airfare, Train, Bus, Boats, Snorkeling, Gear, scuba, Instruction, Entry Fees, Tuition, Books

Experience the exciting underwater world of tropical Australia. Learn about the management of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. This unique summer program will be held in Brisbane, Stradbroke Island, and Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef. The spotlight will be on the inner workings of coral reefs and their incredibly diverse flora and fauna. You will spend your days exploring the coast, snorkeling (optional scuba diving), participating in reef preservation activities, and discussing a variety of fascinating coral reef and marine parks management topics.

Snorkel and scuba dive off beautiful Heron Island in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Monitor the health of coral reefs and survey the invertebrates and fishes of the GBR.Explore the mangrove and Eucalypt forests of Stradbroke Island and observe native birds and other Australian wildlife. Learn about Aboriginal natural arts from members of the Dunwich Indigenous Community. Observe unique Australian animals at the Erwin family’s Australia Zoo in Beerwah.

Robin Cotter, a biologist from Phoenix College, will be your teacher and guide. Philip Pepe, a PADI Instructor from TEAL Australia, will be your expert connection to Australian marine parks management and the underwater world of the GBR.

The University of Queensland will be teaming up with Phoenix College to offer students a unique opportunity to study tropical marine biology abroad. Brisbane will be our base of operations. Classes will be packaged together to optimize your field experience in Australia. Professor Cotter will conduct a series of orientation meetings at Phoenix College during the spring semester and prior to departure for Australia. TEAL and MCCD will assist you in arranging transportation, lodging, diving, and other logistics.
To make sure you don’t miss this special opportunity contact Robin Cotter today at (602) 285-7102 or

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