Students will be working with local Professors Peter Unmack, Ben Kefford, Ross Thompson, and Arthur Georges at the University of Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory. A diversity of projects and activities will be conducted, including examining morphological diversity in a freshwater fish (Australian Smelt), PCR amplification of turtle DNA looking at hybridization between species and freshwater ecology experiments, looking at sub-lethal effects of salinity on salt sensitive mayfly species, looking at acute exposure of stream invertebrates to selected insecticides, and looking at the effect of road de-icing salts on stream macroinvertebrates. There will be opportunities to be involved in fieldwork activities as well.
Students will be working on issues of native fish conservation in the face of hydropower development in Chile with Dr. Evelyn Habit at the University of Concepcion. They will participate in field work sampling fish in rivers and lakes and learn about fish ecology and conservation issues.