Can the dugongs, dolphins and sea turtles of Moreton Bay survive Brisbane’s boom? Join an Earthwatch Student Challenge team and help scientists find out.
Moreton Bay is home to Moreton Island, which attracts many tourists with its crystal-clear lakes, pristine lagoons, and abundant marine life including dugongs, dolphins and loggerhead turtles. However, the increase in coastal development and freight traffic from the city of Brisbane poses extreme threats to this diverse ecosystem.
Join students from all over Australia and help scientists figure out exactly how pollutants from Brisbane are affecting Moreton Bay. You will collect ecological data on the sediment, seagrass, small fish and marine animals living there by snorkelling through the crystal clear waters.
The information you collect will contribute to a report card on the health of Moreton Bay, which researchers will use to educate the community and influence politicians to protect this vital marine ecosystem.
Earthwatch’s Student Challenge Expeditions are designed specifically and exclusively for 15 to 18 year-olds. By joining a Student Challenge team, you will have the chance to spend a week with like-minded students working as part of a scientific field research team. To see sponsored opportunities please go to our Student Challenge webpage. Other Student Challenge Expeditions include Turtles on the Move and Melbourne’s Microbats.
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