Birds, Plants and Pollinators (NSW)

Taken as part of ENV3BPP (15 credit points)

Location: Based at Hastings Point in northern NSW, approximately 30 min drive south of the Coolangatta airport (Gold Coast).

Field trip dates: Approximately 3rd week of July, during the mid-year break.

Field trip cost: Cost to be confirmed. Accommodation will be shared rooms at a beachside caravan park. Students must provide their own food, but cooking facilities are provided. Students must pay for their own way to the field course – but reasonably priced airfares can be booked in advance from Melbourne to the Gold Coast.

What you'll learn

In this field course, we study animal-plant interactions in the species-rich heathlands and forests of the north coast of NSW, with a strong emphasis on pollination by vertebrates. You will design and conduct ecological and behavioural studies of plants and animals in the field. This research will encompass both theoretical topics, such as the adaptation of flowers to particular groups of pollinators, and applied topics, such as the conservation issues associated with maintaining ecological interactions between organisms. In addition, there will be a focus on both developing the ability for you to identify elements of the Australian flora and avifauna, and increasing your exposure to a diversity of field techniques.

Pre and post-trip requirements

In the week prior to the field course there will be a full day of introductory material and pre-trip organisation at La Trobe (Bundoora). An online quiz on background content for the unit will need to be completed this week. After the field course a scientific report will be written based on data collected during the trip.

Enrolment

Students will be enrolled in ENV3BPP.

This subject has a quota and entry is based on academic performance in the pre-requisite subjects (ZOO2FE OR BOT2PDE) AND BIO2POS.

Contact: For further information, please contact Ryan Phillips, R.Phillips@latrobe.edu.au