1. The pre-trip session will consist of assignments using the course web site. These assignments will focus on background information on Australia, the coral reef and rainforest ecosystems and impacts on biodiversity.
2. The trip session will consist of a one week visit to Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef, five-day visit to the rainforest at Raintree National Park and a 2-day trip to Undara in Qeensland's savanna outback. Several evening programs will be presented while on the trip. The following topics will be discussed:
Mechanisms of Evolution
Biodiversity and Speciation
Coral reef ecology
Importance of biodiversity and threats
3. Submission of reports and assignments will occur during
the post trip session..