On this Earthwatch Student Challenge Expedition, you’ll explore Australia’s mountain rainforests to better understand the fate of Australia’s frogs, and why some frog species survive while others disappear.
On this Student Challenge expedition, explore the wonders of the mountain forests of Australia’s Watagan National Park. During your week here you’ll collect data that will help scientists understand how our frog populations might cope or flounder as they encounter infection by the chytrid fungus.
Working primarily at night, when frogs are most active, you’ll walk in and around streams and creeks using a spotlight to find, catch, weigh, measure, and release frogs and tadpoles. You‘ll observe their behavior, record their calls, and do some preliminary data analysis as you work together as a field research team.
In the past, Earthwatch volunteers have contributed to the exciting discovery of four new species of frog and have identified both healthy and struggling frog populations. Teams are now needed to find out why some frogs are dying while others are flourishing.
The rainforests of Australia’s mountains are home to an amazing variety of wildlife, and you’ll be sure to see an array of interesting creatures on your nighttime excursions. In your spare time you can search for birds, possums, and kangaroos as well as take a swim or a walk through the rainforest.
Earthwatch’s Student Challenge Expeditions are designed specifically and exclusively for 15- to 18-year-olds. The younger generation recognizes the importance of their role in tackling today’s most pressing environmental concerns. Earthwatch is empowering them to be part of the solution. By joining a Student Challenge team, students will have the chance to spend a week with like-minded students from across Australia working as part of a field research team. Contact Us to see if you are eligible to apply for a fully funded position.