Freshwater Ecosystems - Ovens River
This field trip will be offered in 2024 as part of FRESHWATER ECOSYSTEMS FIELD COURSE ENV3FRE (15 credit points)
Field trip dates: Sunday 18th – Friday 23rd February 2024
Subject dates: Weeks 4-12 (22 January - 22 March) 2024
Field trip cost: $630. (Must be paid by Monday 22nd January 2024. Covers food, accommodation & travel for the week.
What you'll learn
Freshwater Ecosystems Field Course is an online and field-based subject with a six-day camp (5 full days) on the Ovens River in North East Victoria. The field trip will specifically address field techniques used to study aquatic and riparian (stream side) communities, through team-based research combined with evening discussions and presentations.
Pre-trip commitments will involve the successful completion of on-line background modules to assist in your understanding of the field project objectives. The field project will focus on the areas of: geomorphology-hydrology, water quality, macroinvertebrate communities, fish, and vegetation. Project results will form the basis of a post-field trip report and a major assessment task. The subject will also cover aspects of river management, in particular the role of flow regime in achieving ecological outcomes.
This subject is an introduction to field research and will be suitable for aspiring park rangers, field ecologists and anyone interested in a career working in science and the environment.
Pre-trip and post-trip requirements
Pre-trip commitments will involve the successful completion of on-line background modules to assist in your understanding of the field project objectives.
Post field trip commitments will involve completion of a report based on the project work you have conducted.
- The subject has a quota based on academic performance in the previous year
- It is expected that students doing this subject will have completed 45 credit points of 2nd year science subjects. If this is not the case, you will need to seek an exemption from the Subject Co-ordinator.
- This subject is open to students on ALL campuses
- Apart from the field trip, other content will be delivered online.
Payment & Withdrawals
Students who withdraw from the subject after this date, will only receive a 40% refund, the rest covers non-refundable costs. Students who do not pay for the field trip will not be able to attend and will fail the subject.
Subject Coordinator Aleicia Holland A.Holland2@latrobe.edu.au