Georgetown on the Great Barrier Reef
Students travel to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef (GBR) while enrolled in The Politics of Marine Conservation. During the course students not only snorkel through the reef, but have an opportunity to learn more about the complex challenges in both protecting the reef, while at the same time accommodating economic activity throughout the region. Central to the long-term success of the GBR is the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA), headquartered in Townsville. Georgetown students learn from the staff at GBRMPA about the vast challenges of managing this UNESCO World Heritage listed site. Students have also visited the port of Townsville, the aboriginal community at Mungala Station, the Mount St John Wastewater treatment plant, and Hidden Valley, an eco-friendly nature tourism destination. Plus a whole lot more.
Student assignments reflect their passion. They worked in pairs to examine areas of policy, scientific and/or political interest. Please read their work and appreciate the dedication they demonstrated in their work.
Learning from the Past: Analyzing Structural Inefficiencies in the Great Barrier Reef’s Management and Imagining a Better Future, John DiPierri & Caleb Richmond, June 2022
Ecotourism’s Benefits Against the Dangers of Reef and Climate Misconceptions, Carina DelCore and Elizabeth Mao, June 2022
Dredging and Shipping Impacts on the Great Barrier Reef from Port Development and Expansion in Queensland, William Hays and Camber Vincent, June 2022
Ordinary People and Emerging Technologies, Brendan Oliss and Sophia Green, June 2022
Controlling of the Crown of Thorns Starfish in the Great Barrier Reef, Emily Giesler and Alex Kadar, June 2022
Synthesis of Invasive Lionfish Management Best Practices in the Atlantic, South Pacific, and Other Oceanic Environments and the Applicability of Such Practices to the Great Barrier Reef, Ritika Mandavilli and Chloe Potamianos-Homem, June 2022