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Secondary Schools - 5 day Coral Reef Ecology Programs

Snorkelling at Lizard Island.

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These programs have been developed over the last 13 years, and are now used as an integral part of the experiential learning curriculum at several leading private schools in Australia, including Brighton Grammar and Geelong College from Melbourne, and Ascham School in Sydney.

Student groups fly to Cairns, and then on to Lizard island Research Station via private charter aircraft. Tevene'i Marine staff accompany the group (along with school staff) and coordinate the teaching program, field activities, and meal preparation. Typical group sizes are 16 students and 2 school staff, although smaller groups are also catered for.

Students embarking to a study site at Lizard Island.

 

The teaching program revolves around a combination of lectures, field practical activities, and guided snorkelling expeditions. Students receive a thorough grounding in the basics of coral reef ecology, and are able to experience collecting their own data on reef geomorphology, fish behavioural ecology, and coral distribution patterns. A typical teaching curriculum is shown below.

Lecture Topics
Field Practical Activities
Reef Geomorphology
Describing Reef Zones and Community Structure
Identifying Reef Fishes
Identification of Reef Fish Families
Fish Biology and feeding groups
Feeding Ecology of Reef Fish Trophic Groups
Identifying Corals & Invertebrates
Identification of Coral Morphological Groups and Key Invertebrates
Biology of Corals
Competition for Space and Light in Corals

Please contact Dr Andy Lewis for more information on pricing and availability for 2015 and 2016. Please note that group bookings are generally required 12-18 months in advance in order to secure space at the research station.

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Students from Haileybury College studying coral morphologies.

 

The waters adjacent to Lizard Island Research Station.

 

Seabird observations at sunrise near Bird Islet, Lizard Island.

 


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