Ten days before leaving for Australia and New Zealand, a group of 33 students and two professors from Hobart and William Smith and Union College prepared for their study abroad experience.
The students, under the direction of Geoscience Professors Nan Arens and David Kendrick, arrived at Hobart and William Smith Colleges on Aug. 19. They spent time in the classroom as well as the field, at locations in the Finger Lakes area such as the Cayuga Nature Center, Taughannock Falls and Chimney Bluff. Students also conducted research on The William Scandling. (The photos show them performing chemical, geological and biological tests on Seneca Lake.) On Thursday, Aug. 28, they left for Queensland.
The Australia semester abroad program focuses on the study of marine and terrestrial ecology in the eastern portion of the country, integrating field and lecture components. The program is geared toward students intending to major or minor in the natural sciences, especially biology, geoscience, or environmental studies.
Hobart junior Adam Bordonaro, a biochemistry major, was pleased to be selected for the program. “I’ve always wanted to go to Australia and see the Great Barrier Reef. I am really looking forward to this,” said Bordonaro.
While abroad, students will take four classes: Terrestrial Ecology of Australia, Marine Ecology of Australia, Geology of Australia and New Zealand, and Australian Culture, Society, and Contemporary Issues.
The program also features week-long excursions to conduct field work at four locations: North Stradbroke Island, a sand island in Moreton Bay; Lamington National Park, a subtropical rainforest about three hours from Brisbane; Lady Elliot Island, a coral cay at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef; and the Saddler Springs-Mt Moffat section of Carnarvon National Park, a cattle ranching area of Queensland.