Freshwater Ecosystems - Ovens River

This field trip is taken as part of ENV3FRE (15 credit points)

Field trip dates: Late September (mid-semester break)

Subject dates: Late August – Late October

Field trip cost: $590 (in 2018) includes food, accommodation and travel

What you'll learn

The field trip is centred on the Ovens River and will specifically address field techniques used to study aquatic and riparian (stream-side) communities, through team-based research combined with evening discussions and presentations. The field project will focus on the areas of: stream hydrology, water quality, macroinvertebrate communities, fish, and vegetation. The subject will also cover aspects of river management, in particular the role of flow regime control 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 is available to students from the College of Science, Health and Engineering, and has a quota based on academic performance in the previous year and semester 1 of the year of enrolment.

A field trip form will be sent to students after enrolment.


Students who withdraw from the subject after the specified cut-off date will not be refunded the accommodation component of the field trip.


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