Introducing Katherine Lasdin

Hey ya’ll I’m your travel loving, adventure seeking, Bostonian studying at JCU for a single semester. I am from North Reading, Massachusetts (USA) and study at the University of Maine. And surprise surprise like many international students I am a marine science major. Hey I love the ocean, and we really cannot survive without them. Continue reading

Introducing Edith Shum

Hi there!

If you like turtles, rock climbing, hiking, travelling, or simply find joy in eating cheese, apples,
kale, or any food really, then we’re pretty much the same person. My name’s Edith Shum, and I’m a new graduate student from Canada studying Marine Biology and Ecology (surprise, surprise). It’s now my third time in what my friends Continue reading

Olivia Lee: 10 animals you can find at JCU

Each country has a stereotype attached to it that people tend to embrace and vehemently play up or get irritated by. With Australia, things like beaches, laidback people, and dangerous animals are the first thoughts that would come across someone’s head. While I’ll leave the first two for you to judge, I will confirm that dangerous animals do exist in Australia and swatting insects is pointless because they aren’t scared of you here. Coming from someone with limited terrestrial biology experience and a penchant to yell when surprised by reptiles, I still agree that all wildlife is amazing to witness, some are simply easier to appreciate than others, and here at JCU you can spot a plethora of insects, birds, and mammals. Continue reading

Rishab Pillai: Classroom on a tropical island

After a long semester and the dreaded exams, most students were prepping to make visits to their home countries or travel over the summer. In my case and I am sure my classmates were in the same frame of mind, we were excited for a few more weeks of study ahead. Yeah I used excited and study in the same sentence but that’s no mistake! I am talking about students who had enrolled in the upcoming block mode herpetology class. Herpetology (from Greek “herpein” meaning “to creep”) is the branch of zoology concerned with the study of amphibians and reptiles. When it comes to reptiles and amphibians, Australia has one of the highest diversity of these groups globally. People generally think of these groups in negative light, however, they play an incredibly important role in the environment and unlike what most people think, are not out to kill you! So, here we were, an incredibly passionate group of people ready to spend the next few weeks learning more about these interesting animals. This involved classes and oh! Did I forget to mention fieldwork on a tropical island!

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A spectacular sunset on the beach at Orpheus Island Research Station (Photo by Harrison Warne)

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