2017 expeditions

In 2017 thirteen teachers from Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales have had the opportunity to participate in an Earthwatch expedition, while sharing this experience with their students:

Project Manta Ningaloo Reef

From 8th - 14th October 2016 Annette Hendrix from Shailer Park State High School in Queensland will join researchers in their quest to collect ecological data on the diverse species that live in the clear waters of Ningaloo Reef.

Along with the other Earthwatch volunteers participating in the expedition, Annette will be contribute to the collection of critical information on the habitat use, movement and behaviour of manta rays, which will help to improve the management and protection of this species. They will also gather data on the impact of tourism and other human activities on other elasmobranchs, including numerous species of benthic ray and reef sharks.

Click here to read Annette's blogs, view photos of the expedition and find out more about the research she is undertaking.

Click here if you are interested in finding out about how you can contribute to the conservation of manta rays and other species, by participating in the Project Manta Ningaloo Reef expedition.

Snorkelling Australia's Underwater Meadows expedition

From 31 July - 6 August 2017 six teachers from schools around Victoria assisted scientists to figure out exactly how pollutants from Brisbane are affecting Moreton Bay. The teachers acted as field assistants, and helped the scientists by snorkeling, boating, and wading in the bay, while collecting vital data on the sediment, seagrass, and small fish and marine animals living there to determine how humans are changing the ecosystem. The program is a partnership between Earthwatch Australia and the Geography Teachers Association of Victoria.

Click on the teachers' names below to read their blogs, view photos of the expedition and find out more about the research they were undertaking:

Madisson Panozzo, from Brunswick Secondary College

Karoline Walter, from St Michael's Grammar School

Rebecca Anthony, from Korumburra Secondary College

Ellen Glover, from Broadford Secondary College

Andre Chadzynski, from Ivanhoe Girls'Grammar School

Peter Gray, from Glen Waverley Secondary College

Earthwatch acknowledges the support of the Department of Education and Training through the Strategic Partnerships Program.

Australia's Changing Islands expedition

From the 20 - 27 May 2017 six teachers from across New South Wales travelled to St Bees Island in north Queenslland to act as research assistants on Earthwatch's Australia's Changing Islands expedition.

Click on the teachers' names below to read their blogs, view photos of the expedition and find out more about the research they were undertaking:

Kate Sommerville, from Bellingen Public School

Brett Bennett, from Bishop Druitt College in Coffs Harbour

Greg McCroary, from Bringelly Public School

Leah Anforth, from Orama Public School in Thora

Robyn Julian, from St Scholastica's College in Glebe

Jacqueline Thomas, from Victoria Avenue Public School in Concord West

Following the expedition the teachers will be using their new scientific research skills to engage their students in environmental monitoring projects in partnership with local land managers, as part of the Protecting New South Wales bushland through citizen science project.

The project and expedition are funded by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation [Eldon & Anne Foote Trust Donor Advised Program 2016]. To find out more about the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation go to https://www.lmcf.org.au.

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