Tropical Marine Ecology is a team-taught travel course. The specific
faculty members change from year to year, but there is always at
least one faculty member from America (Southampton Graduate Campus) and
one from Australia. Have a look below to learn more about some of
the faculty who may be leading the trip next year.
The AustraLearn: Tropical Marine Ecology Course is largely the product of Dr.
John Kirkwood. He has been the trip leader for several years and
is the man in charge! When he is not leading this trip, Dr. Kirkwood
works for The Queensland Department of Primary Industries (Fisheries
& Aquaculture) as a Senior Fisheries Biologist.
In his own words: "As a marine ecologist, I am most
interested in learning more about the biological and physical processes
that influence the distribution and abundance of marine organisms.
I am currently conducting research into fisheries-ecosystem interactions,
particularly the effects of external environmental factors (including
human activities) on fish populations
and fish species assemblages. Prior to coming to Queensland and
becoming involved in fisheries research, I had a long history of
involvement in Antarctic marine research. My primary research interests
there were the ecology of coastal fjords, and the ecology of Antarctic
krill. I have also contributed to research into the population dynamics
of seals and penguins in Antarctica, and currently contribute to
research into the conservation of dugongs in Moreton Bay, Queensland."
Dr. Goldberg helped establish this course and has been a trip
leader many times. As a Professor of Chemistry and Marine Science
at Southampton Graduate Campus, Dr. Goldberg brings to the course years
of experience in the field and a deep understanding of chemical
interactions in the marine environment. His specific research
interests include bioactive compounds, biotoxins and novel secondary
metabolites from marine organisms, and ethnobotany and bioactive
compounds from terrestrial plants. Never satisfied to rest on
his laurels, Dr. Goldberg has recently been developing another
travel course titled: Tropical field Studies in Biology and Environmental
Science. Click on the title to learn more about it.
Dr. Robert Turner is the rookie of the bunch with regard to this trip. 2002
was his first time in Australia, let alone helping to teach the
course, but he is primed to help teach it again. Dr. Turner is an
Assistant Professor of Marine and Environmental Sciences at Southampton
College. His specialties include coastal sedimentology, carbonate
processes, nearshore oceanography, and contaminant hydrology. With
this background, Dr. Turner helps to flesh out how physical processes
and abiotic factors influence tropical marine ecosystems. Also,
as the representative of Southampton Graduate Campus, he is responsible
for evaluating the students and their work. For more information
on Dr. Turner, click here.