Starting the year with a field trip is a great introduction to studying Earth Sciences. Students traveled to One Tree Island in the Great Barrier Reef in order to study a unique and complex ecosystem. In a rare opportunity to visit this remote field station, the students were able to study the geomorphology of the reef system and conduct their own research into a topic of their interest, as well as map the reef flat itself.
Under the guidance of researchers, Dr Bradley Opdyke, Professor Stephen Eggins and Dr Michael Ellwood students spent about a week investigating how reefs were formed, the life cycle of coral reefs and how they change as they age, as well as the flora and fauna of these environments.
“It was a privilege to visit such a beautiful place that so few people have ever seen,”said Aziah Williamson, who is studying for an Honours degree at the Research School of Earth Sciences.