Study & Travel (Multi-Destination) Programs

Tropical Marine Biology in Australia: Academics

Murdoch University, Perth

Murdoch University has an outstanding reputation for Marine and Environmental Science. It was the first university in Australia to offer environmental science and the first in western Australia to offer marine science. Home to the Centre for Fish and Fisheries Research with strong links to the Western Australian Marine Science Institute, the University owns the Coral Bay Research Station located on the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef where the field study portion of this program will be located.

Academic Overview

Assessment Group presentations (x 2) based on field camp projects (30%); project group reports (x 2) based on field camp projects (30%); tutorial participation (10%); exam (30%)

Attendance at all lectures and site visits is mandatory.

Grades No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a letter grade. Pass/Fail grade options are not available.

Transcripts are issued by Murdoch University in Perth. An official transcript will be sent directly to the student’s home university on completion of the program.

Course Description

BIO 393 (4)
Tropical Marine Biology

Ningaloo Reef is Australia’s longest fringing coral reef and one of the world’s largest. This broad-ranging advanced marine biology unit provides an opportunity to study tropical marine biology and ecology in a coral reef setting. It introduces Western Australian biogeography and habitats, covering advanced topics in biology, physiology and ecology of marine plants and animals. Human impacts and conservation of tropical marine environments will be addressed. The field camp will provide training and experience in field techniques. The course includes a 10-day intensive field camp to Coral Bay, 15 hours of theory class on campus at Murdoch University in Perth and 2 laboratory classes and computer workshops.

Prerequisites: AIFS students interested in this program should have completed 2 general biology units.

Reading: A Tropical Marine Biology unit reader containing all lecture notes will be provided on a USB stick on arrival in Perth.