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Study Abroad in Australia


Informational meeting...Tuesday, May 24th, Room 417 (South Science Building), Fullerton College. Drop by any time from 11:00 AM to 12:45 PM and 3:00 PM to 4:40 PM. See slides of the gorgeous sites you will be visiting! Dr. heath will be more than happy to answer all of your questions.

Explore Australia

July 10-29, 2005 with Fullerton College’s Summer Abroad Program! Be a marine biologist for the summer, while studying coral reefs and other tropical marine habitats. Travel the Queensland Coast & Great Barrier Reef, including Orpheus Island Marine Station, Daintree, Hinchinbrook Island, Cairns, Mission Beach, Dunk Island, and more!

Course Description

The beautiful Great Barrier Reef and Queensland coast will be our living classrooms as students observe first-hand the incredible diversity of marine life in the Australian tropics. They will visit a variety of habitats, including coral reefs, mangroves, and rainforests. Instruction will include making field observations and using them to study the habitats, their wildlife, and ecology. Stays at Orpheus Island Research Station, Dunk Island, and Hinchinbrook Island will provide easy access to marine life, field researchers, and their projects. Visits also include the Townsville Great Barrier Reef Authority Headquarters and Aquarium, to investigate one of the world's most progressive conservation programs. Students will see where "the rainforest meets the sea" at Daintree and Mossman Rivers, and cruise the river looking for croc's. Aboriginal culture and historical use of the reef and coastal environment will be discussed. Local environmental issues such as coral bleaching and pollution will be compared to global marine problems. Students will complete this study abroad trip with both a theorectical and a practical understanding of the marine environment. They will bring home an enhanced appreciation for its beauty and its need for our stewardship.


Dr. Carolyn Heath (714) 992-7097 cheath@fullcoll.edu

Paul St. John, Coordinator (714) 992-7747 pstjohn@fullcoll.edu


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