trip is part of ENV3MFC (15 credit points)
Subject dates: Semester
1 – 29 Feburary 2016 to 27 May 2016
trip dates: Easter Monday 28 March to Friday 1 April 2016
Duration: 5 days
costs $30 camping (own tent) or $60 hostel (shared rooms, limited
availability). Both campers and hostel dwellers will use shared
bathroom, shower, and toilet
What you'll learn
This course will provide you with the opportunity to
conduct environmental research in the field in an important biogeographical
region, namely the mallee. You will work in small groups to conduct a research
project that will develop under the guidance of a staff member.
Possible research topics include effects of habitat fragmentation upon avian, mammalian or invertebrate communities, behavioural ecology of birds and
lizards, ecological responses to fire, cropping and grazing pressures, or significance
of old growth mallee to faunal communities.
You will gain skills in:
- experimental design and planning
- hands-on experience of data collection in the field
- team work
- data collation
and statistical analysis
- written and oral presentation
- SPSS computer package.
Students are responsible for
arranging all their own meals during the field course (except 1 night
when a BBQ dinner will be provided). Groceries, drinks, ice, gas and
limited take-away are available at the Walpeup store
(not open on public holidays including Easter Monday). However, all
items are likely to be more expensive than in Melbourne, so you are
advised to come equipped to be as self-sufficient as possible for the
week. On some days you are likely to be working in
the field away from the hostel and campsite for the entire day and lunch
will be taken into the field. A gas BBQ and kitchen (with a Fridge) is available for use by campers, but you are advised to be self-sufficient in
regards to cooking equipment (gas or spirit stoves are allowed for cooking, but not wood fires) and eating utensils.
make their own way to the Mallee Research station (approx 500 km from
LTU Bundoora). We strongly recommend car-pooling. There will be a very
limited number of
places in staff cars available for students without transport. There is
also a V-line bus service to Walpeup.
Research Station is an agricultural research centre located near the
southern boundary of the Murray-Sunset National Park in the heart of the
Mallee, in the small
town ship of Walpeup (west of Ouyen) on the Ouyen Highway. The most
direct route from Melbourne is to take the Calder Highway to Wycheproof,
then head west to Birchip, up the Sunraysia Hwy to Speed, west to
Patchewollock, then north to Walpeup. Once in Walpeup,
go straight ahead across the railway line, and follow the signs to the
Research Station which is about 2km out of town.
Pre-trip and post-trip requirements
materials (including background reading on the mallee environment and
your research topic) will be provided online and students
will meet with their groups (2 x 1 hr face-to-face meetings) prior to
the field trip. Submission of a literature review on the research topic
is required before the field trip.
Post-trip requirements will include the submission of a research report on the project conducted during the field trip.
Students will be
enrolled in ENV3MFC.