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PSS Spring '13

DOWN UNDER

Students document the terrestrial ecology surrounding a waterfall in
Lamington National Park in Queensland.

by Cynthia McVey

In the fall, 32 students from HWS and Union College joined Professor of Economics Tom Drennen and Associate Professor of Biology Meghan Brown for a science and sustainability-focused experience in Australia and New Zealand. Students spent three months taking classes with related field trips in marine biology, terrestrial ecology, Australian culture and history, and sustainability. Among the highlights were a giant wind farm, a hydro plant and a geothermal plant, swimming in sulfur pools, staying three days in a traditional ceremonial house, and hiking up Mount Ngauruhoe, (known as Mount Doom in “Lord of the Rings.”)