Our campus by the coast

Written by Milou Hofman

As a part of the ENVS2018 Environmental Science Field School course, we spent a week on ANU’s coastal campus at Kioloa applying various field methods learnt over previous weeks to look at the impact of land use on the biodiversity of the area.

Our study included soil and vegetation analyses, invertebrate, mammal, bird and intertidal diversity surveying, and involved sunrise birdwatching and night time octopus spotting in intertidal rock pools. Luckily we also had plenty of opportunities for crisp spring time ocean dips, bonding with the farm animals (including alpacas and day old baby goats) and time spent exploring the beautiful old spotted gum (Corymbia maculata) forests of the region!

 

  • The colourful leaves of the Corymbia Maculata forests

    The colourful leaves of the Corymbia Maculata forests

  • Intertidal rockpools beneath the Milkyway

    Intertidal rockpools beneath the Milkyway

  • Sunset over the Kioloa Campus

    Sunset over the Kioloa Campus

  • Sunrise on the way back from a dawn birdwatching expedition

    Sunrise on the way back from a dawn birdwatching expedition

  • Colourful starfish in intertidal rock pools

    Colourful starfish in intertidal rock pools

  • Sunrise on Kioloa Beach

    Sunrise on Kioloa Beach

  • Sunrise on Kioloa Beach

    Sunrise on Kioloa Beach

  • Sunrise on Kioloa Beach

    Sunrise on Kioloa Beach

  • The old growth trees studied

    The old growth trees studied

  • Night time octopus spotting expedition

    Night time octopus spotting expedition