Research Internship in Marine Terrestrial Conservation

BIOS9231 Research Internship in Marine Terrestrial Conservation (12UoC) is a course taught over 2/two terms.  The course provides training in the basic skills required for conservation research, through internship within a research group in the School of Biological Earth and Environmental Sciences.  Enrolment is by School Consent, students can not self-enrol.

The internship will provide intensive, hands on training in aspects of scientific research relevant to conservation, combining some or all of the following elements:

a) Experimental design

b) Literature searches

c) Field and lab techniques

d) Data analysis and modeling

e) Scientific writing

Assessment is based on attendance in the lab and field, development of analytical and presentation skills, and a substantial literature review. The review topic will be selected by the student in consultation with the Course Authority, and will cover a conservation topic relevant to the research group, or a species or ecosystem the research group is studying.  A list of potential projects and supervisors can be obtained through the Course Authority Prof. Iain Suthers.  Each student must develop their own program in consultation and collaboration with the Academic supervisor, ideally involving exposure to a broad cross-section of the elements involved in scientific research. This could include interaction with municipal and state government, community groups and appropriate industry bodies for possible projects. The program includes compulsory attendance at weekly school seminars, and a limited number of classes aimed at developing research skills