Fieldwork

Fieldwork

Our students have the opportunity to develop field and equipment-based skills during fieldwork. Many of our students find fieldwork to be the most enjoyable and rewarding part of their degree. We have field trips to regional areas of New South Wales and even to the beautiful Heron Island, located in the southern Great Barrier Reef.

BIOL2410 and BIOL6410 Ecology - Stanwell Tops Field Trip

Ecology students have a three-day field trip to Stanwell Tops where they study different ecological communities, learn field survey techniques and how to identify birds, plants, and terrestrial invertebrates. Students also practice graphing and data analysis daily. On the final day, students design their own field survey to compare the distribution and abundance of organisms between two habitats of their choice. This project is then written up as a scientific journal article and assess the skills they have learnt over the unit.

Field Trip Highlights
  • Nocturnal mammal spotlighting (weather permitting)
  • Early morning bird watching
  • Native flowering plants
  • Beautiful water features (wetlands, rivers and waterfalls)
  • Getting to know your fellow students and many of the Biological Sciences staff
2020 Field Trip Logistics
  • Timing: 2.5 days during session 2 Mid-semester break
  • Dates: 18-20 September OR 20-22 September
  • Cost: $200
  • Students must arrange own travel to and from Stanwell Tops (~80 mins from university); field trip is compulsory; field trip includes two nights staying in dorms; costs cover all accommodation and food

For unit information please see the MQ Handbook

Two students collecting invertebrate samples at Stanwell Tops

BIOL3440 Aquatic Ecosystems - Kangaroo River Field Trip

Students have a field trip to Kangaroo River – Shoalhaven Catchment where they collect data and samples of fish and invertebrates. Students compile a scientific report with the raw data collected and produce a catchment diversity profile.

Field Trip Highlights
  • Three day working in and around the beautiful Kangaroo River
  • Hands-on learning how to collect fish and invertebrates and access river conditions across the Kangaroo River Catchment
  • A fun team environment, working in a fantastic part of the world.
2020 Field Trip Logistics
  • Timing: Session 1 - Fourth week of March
  • Dates: 23-25 March
  • Cost: $25 transport levy + students cover own food & accommodation
  • Students leave Macquarie University on the morning of Day 1 and return late afternoon of Day 3. All transport provided. All students stay at Glenmack Caravan Park in Kangaroo Valley in onsite accommodation or BYO tents. Students organise own food and pay for own accommodation. Students are transported to sites along the Kangaroo River each day and collect environmental and biological samples for later analysis, returning to accommodation at the end of the day. Students are expected to enter the river (get wet) at most sites.

For unit information please see the MQ Handbook

Students collecting scientific data during the Kangaroo River Field Trip

BIOL3450 Reef Evolution and Dynamics Heron Island Field Trip

Students have a six-day field trip to Heron Island Research Station where they study the reef communities, learn field survey techniques and how to identify marine invertebrates and algae. Students also get a healthy dose of daily data analysis. On the final two days of the trip, students conduct their own field survey to examine a question of their choice.

Field Trip Highlights
  • Six-days on the beautiful Heron Island, located in the southern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland.
  • Early morning snorkelling
  • Living in close quarters with fellow students and some of the Biological Sciences staff
2020 Field Trip Logistics
  • Timing: The on campus session is usually the 2nd weekend of the semester. The field trip is usually the first week of the session 1 mid-session break
  • Date: 12-19 April
  • Cost: $890.00
  • Students are responsible for their own travel to/from Gladstone

For unit information please see the MQ Handbook

Students conducting field work on the Heron Island Reef

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