University Teaching – Field courses

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Students studying the ecology of grasstrees
Students studying the ecology of grasstrees

Field-based courses are undoubtedly the best way to learn.

Marcus and Claire are dedicated to teaching younger generations about the intricate processes and interactions within our natural world.

From school-age through to tertiary levels, tuition is customised to suit any level or ability, with most interests able to be accommodated.

University Teaching:

From 2010 to now (Sept/Oct each year), students from Stanford University have undertaken field studies and targeted research projects (TRP’s) on Sheoak Ridge that have ranged in scale from defining ecosystems to studying the behavior and ecology of a single species.

Students from Stanford Uni studying aspects of open woodland ecosystems
Students from Stanford Uni investigating ant biodiversity in relation to fire regimes

Claire and Marcus have extensive experience in field-based teaching at university level. Claire’s credentials include a PhD, first class Honours and a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in entomology/zoology. Claire’s PhD in molecular and taxonomic entomology focused on the enigmatic glow-worms found only in Australia and New Zealand. Marcus has a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Botany, with honours in Geology from Latrobe University, Victoria. Both have lectured and taught terrestrial ecology to students from Stanford University, as part of their overseas study program in Australia, at the University of Queensland, for a number of years. Claire has been involved in teaching on UQ’s international programs within Australia since 2003, including terrestrial ecology field trips to Fraser Island, Carnarvon Gorge, Lamington National Park, Girraween, Far north Queensland and Stradbroke Island.

If you’d like to inquire about an accredited university ecology program through the University of Queensland (as we are contracted to do with Stanford University), please feel free to contact Claire to get the ball rolling. 🙂 Please use our contact us page to email us.

Field trips to Sheoak Ridge:

Please contact us if you’d like more information about an educational field trip to Sheoak Ridge.  We cater to all group sizes and all age groups. Small groups and self-catering groups are able to stay onsite and we have fabulous suggestions for nearby budget (but amazing!) accommodation and catering for large groups.

Students from Stanford Uni enjoying a day off, hiking in one of our nearby national parks.
Students from Stanford Uni and Dr Claire, enjoying a day off, hiking in one of our nearby national parks.

Topics for field studies

On our programs, theoretical lectures are given and reinforced by specific field-based activities. Some topics we’ve covered for past and present study groups include:

  • Australian Geology
  • Formation of the Australian Continent
  • Australia’s Climate
  • Evolution of Australian Flora
  • Diversity of Australian Flora
  • Mammals
  • Reptiles
  • Amphibians
  • Invertebrates
  • Birds
  • Conservation
  • Sustainable living
  • Nutrient cycling
  • Fire ecology
  • Ecology and
  • Biodiversity.

If you would like to discuss/lecture/teach a particular theme or topic for your group, please contact us for more information.

A news article from one of our Stanford trips to FNQ
A news article from one of our Stanford trips to FNQ
Students learning about the ecology of tropical strangler figs. Claire and Marcus can organaise permits for student day trips into spectacular nearby National Parks such as this one.
Students learning about the ecology of tropical strangler figs. Claire and Marcus can organise permits for student day trips into spectacular nearby National Parks such as this one.

Click on the following links to learn more about the fauna on Sheoak Ridge Nature Reserve:

Nature – Fauna

Reptiles

Amphibians

Birds

Mammals

Invertebrates

To learn more about the ecosystems and management practices at Sheoak Ridge, click on these links:

Nature – flora

Ecosystems and Habitats

Fire management

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A private nature reserve in North Queensland

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