Australia's Marine Environment is a single-semester undergraduate course at The University of Queensland that offers an outstanding overview of marine biology in the Australian context. Covering everything from coral reefs to marine mammals, the course is open to students from any degree background, and no pre-existing knowledge of marine biology is assumed. The course is a popular choice among international students visiting UQ, not least because of the opportunity to participate in exciting field trips to marine biology research stations on Heron Island (on the Great Barrier Reef) and Stradbroke Island (in Moreton Bay).

This course aims to develop an understanding of the significance of Australia's marine systems and their importance in the global scene. The course examines the diversity of marine environments, both pristine and altered, sites of conservation significance, endangered plants and animals, as well as jurisdictional responsibilities.

On this Program, students have a chance to visit two remarkable field locations, Heron Island Research Station and Moreton Bay Research Station.

For detailed information on each of these locations, please follow this link

*Link to MARS2005 Field Locations page

Our teaching staff are profoundly knowledgeable and are primarily chosen for their ability to teach and share their expertise and enthusiasm with you. With them, you will explore the Australian wildlife, culture and landscapes. Please follow the links below to find out more about your academics, their research interests and career achievements.

A/Professor Andy Barnes

Dr Andy Barnes obtained his BSc (Hons) in Microbiology from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh and his PhD from the Medical School, University of Edinburgh. Andy worked for the Scottish Office Agriculture and Fisheries Department and at the Moredun Research Institute, Edinburgh before joining a small Canadian biotech company, Aqua Health Ltd, specialising in vaccines for aquaculture in 1993. In 1999, Aqua Health was bought by Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis and Andy worked in their animal health division for 4 years before beginning an academic career at The University of Queensland. Currently in the School of Biological Sciences, Andy’s Aquatic Animal Health Lab researches vaccines for the aquaculture industry and investigates health and immunity in aquatic animals ranging from reef-building corals, through prawns and oysters, to barramundi, stingrays and grouper.

A/Professor Sophie Dove

Research interests
Photobiology of isolated reefs and their ability to withstand a range of future climate scenarios

Dr Janet Lanyon

Current research interests

  • Population ecology of marine turtles, dugongs and leopard sharks

  • Feeding ecology of marine reptiles: sea turtles and sea snakes

  • Diving patterns of air-breathing vertebrates

  • Impacts of large vertebrates on the marine system

Dr Selina Ward

Coral Reef Ecology and Physiology
Reproduction and recruitment of scleractinian corals. Response of corals to environmental stress. The effects of bleaching on coral reproduction. The recovery process of corals following bleaching. The uptake of symbiotic dinoflagellates and endolithic algae by newly settled corals. Photosynthesis in zooxanthellate coral larvae. The effects of ocean acidification on early life histories of corals. Trichodesmium and fertilisation and larval health.

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