Massive monitoring makes a new residential school experience a hit with students

Published:03 October 2019

Students engaging in CQUniversity's first residential school for the new Environmental Monitoring unit.

Global Positioning Satellite gear with centimetre accuracy, a real-time acoustic bat detector and equipment for measuring trees for carbon-storage potential helped make CQUniversity's first residential school for the new Environmental Monitoring unit a big success.

Environmental Science Head of Course Dr Nathan English said the residential school incorporated all the best elements of CQUniversity.

"We had engaged hands-on learning using the most modern and ethical methods and equipment, as well as experts in the field in both practice and research, including Leigh Benson from Queensland Parks and Wildlife and Karl French, a turtle researcher and chair of the Gladstone Local Marine Advisory Committee.

"We were welcomed and ran the field school at Warro (Thornhill) Station, Indigenous land of the Gurang Meerooni People.

"Four and a half days of intensive activity left 44 students exhausted but incredibly proud of what they had accomplished.

"For example, over 1500 trees were measured for a carbon storage practicum and a 1.25 metre eel was caught, measured and released back into the wild."

Participating student Travis Cummings said the residential school had been one of his favourite subjects as it helped connect the theory and practical work.

Another student, Jaye Kenealy said she came home from the experience feeling more motivated, inspired and driven to pursue her future career goals and aspirations.

"The experience itself exceeded my expectations! It was so organised, hands-on, valuable, educational, eye-opening and fun."