First Impressions of SFS Australia

Name: Nicole Croke School: Smith College Major: Biology concentrating on biodiversity, ecology, and conservation Program: Tropical Rainforest Studies, Australia Why did you choose to study abroad with SFS? I chose SFS because I was looking for a more hands-on approach to my education. I really wanted to be able to link my studies to the [...]

First Impressions of SFS Australia

Name: Briana Snyder School: Ohio Wesleyan University Major: Pre-Professional Zoology Program: Tropical Rainforest Studies in Australia Why did you choose to study abroad with SFS? I wanted my study abroad experience to be a worthwhile endeavor.  I was not interested in simply studying at a different university in another country.  When searching for a place [...]

Alumni Profile: Gwendolen Gross

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the SFS Centre for Rainforest Studies in Australia, we reached out to our alumni to ask about some of their fondest memories from the Wet Tropics. We heard back from many, including Gwendolen Gross Australia Spring ’88, an accomplished novelist, who wrote: “A great adventure and much fodder [...]

‘Roos, Research, and Rare (trees)

Name: Ciara Legato Position: Student Affairs Manager (SAM) Program: Tropical Rainforest Studies, Australia Directed Research (DR) data collection time is coming to an end. The time for students to fully delve into analyzing and writing up findings is about to begin. This semester, I had the opportunity of assisting in data collection with two of [...]

Final Impressions: Rainforest Adventures

Authors: Mike Belitz (Knox College) Chris Casaclang (University of Redlands) Drew Sorenson (Denison University) Rory McEathron (Davidson College) SFS Program: Tropical Rainforest Studies, Australia It has been an incredible three months. It all began when we first arrived to the Center. Initially the “wild” factor of being in Australia was paired with a certain amount [...]

Grateful, nostalgic, fulfilled

Name: Erica Nangeroni SFS Program: Tropical Rainforest Studies, Australia School: Bowdoin College Major: Biology and Environmental Studies   What did you like most about the SFS experience? The best part about this entire experience is how unique it all was. There are many people who will never get to experience life in the rainforest like [...]

Biscuits, Soil, and Slang: How a Neutral Observer Compares New Zealand and Australia

Name: Amanda Freeman Position: Lecturer in Tropical Forest Management/Directed Research (former Center Director 2006-2008) SFS Program: Rainforest Studies, Australia As my return to SFS and preparations for the summer programs draw close, I have been reflecting on some of the broad similarities and subtle differences between “Kiwi” (New Zealand) and “Aussie” cultures and of the ties [...]

Getting a Feel for Field Research

Name: Joanne Althouse School: Ursinus College Program: Tropical Rainforest Studies, Australia Now that we’re adjusted to life at The SFS Center for Rainforest Studies, we have really been able to delve into a few of our classes. Despite it being the wet season, we have had fantastic weather, with lots of sun and the occasional [...]

First Impressions of SFS Rainforest Studies, Australia

Name: Adam Miller School: Colorado State University Major: Wildlife Management Why did you choose to study abroad with SFS? I chose SFS because of its intensive look and work in the rainforest. All my life I have dreamt of becoming an avian tropical biologist. One day I would like to be a professor at a University and teach [...]

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