Welcome to the St. Olaf Semester in Australia Blog
Over the next four months, we will travel throughout southeastern Australia, learning about all aspects of Australian life. The flora, fauna, ecological habits and human history of Australia offer opportunities for study that are unique in diversity. This program will start in Melbourne during Australia’s late summer and move northward into the warmer latitudes during the semester as their fall season progresses. All travel will be in the eastern half of the country where the greatest diversity of natural habitats and human activity occur. A combination of lectures, extensive field experiences, and brief research projects will enable us to learn about and appreciate this fascinating continent. Through four classes–terrestrial ecology, marine biology, aboriginal studies, and environmental policy–we will embark on adventures unlike any other. Scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef. Studying rain forests in the Otway Ranges along the Great Ocean Road. Discussing the myriad of environmental issues Australia faces today in the capital, Canberra. Acquainting ourselves with the many lifestyles of Australia from a cattle ranch in the outback to an aboriginal tribe in Dharug.
Follow us through this blog as we write to you with our unique experiences and variety of emotions and feelings as we experience them. And write back to us with your comments and questions.
Australia, here we come!