Ecological Management and Restoration
This field trip will be offered in 2022 as ENV3001 (15 credit points) and includes a 7 day trip to the Snowy River and its tributaries, East Gippsland, Victoria.
Pre-field trip workshops: December 7th and 8th
Field trip dates: December 11th - 17th
Field trip costs and details: Accommodation in shared dorm rooms or camping. Cost to be confirmed (approx $600) includes all food, accommodation and transport (to and from Buchan and during trip).
What you'll learn
We study land use to understand impacts on native plant & animal communities, weed invasion, and endangered species distributions, and introduce students to post-fire monitoring, revegetation approaches and conservation management.
Plant identification is emphasised, as is habitat monitoring. We also find time to do some wild caving and swim in the mighty Snowy River! The subject is appropriate for students seeking careers in applied ecological management, environmental consulting and nature conservation.
About Snowy River
This subject will introduce you to the geology, and botany of a remarkable area of eastern Victoria - the Snowy River and its tributaries. Here, rainforests, tufa terraces, eucalypt forests, and rainshadow woodlands dominated by native pines are the dominant vegetation types. Their distribution is a function of the unique geology of the area - limestones, mudstones and volcanics provide the underlying rocks on which vegetation is distributed.
Where you'll stay
We stay at Homeleigh, just outside of Buchan, in shared accommodation, while spending our days in the field at wonderfully named places such as Suggan Buggan, Pine Mountain and W Tree.
The subject can be taken by students at the end of their 2nd year, as well as 3rd year students.
Students need to enrol via Student Online. The cut off date for enrolments will be advertised soon. The subject has a quota (40 students) – places are allocated on a “first come, first serve” basis.
For further information please email Assoc. Prof. John Morgan at J.Morgan@latrobe.edu.au.