Freshwater Ecosystems - Ovens River

This field trip will be offered in 2021 as Field Course 1 ENV3FC1 (15 credit points)

Field trip dates: Sat 28th Aug to Fri 3rd Sept 2021

Subject dates: Semester 2, 2021 (Mon 19th July to Fri 15th Oct 2021)

Field trip cost: $600. 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 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.
  • 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.


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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