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Final thank you

A final thank you for joining us exploring Life Below Water.
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Congratulations for completing Life below Water presented to you by the academics from the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. I’m Dr. Kathy Townsend. And it really has been a pleasure of both Dr. Christopher Clemente and myself in guiding you through this journey. Throughout this course, you have met world experts and learned about the animals and habitats that you find below the water. They introduced you to the physiological challenges that marine animals face. You then learned about the wide range of human impacts marine animals are facing from invasive species, marine pollution, urbanisation - all the way through to climate change impacts.
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Now, at this stage of your course, you may have started to feel a little bit overwhelmed and wondering, what could we possibly do to help reduce these human generated impacts? Well, that’s when the last week came in. We showcase solutions for these marine impacts everything from how feeding cows seaweed can help reduce the impacts of climate change, and how restoration projects and new ways of looking at aquaculture can reduce the pressure that the marine environment is now facing.
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If you’ve enjoyed this course, please come and join us at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia, because you’ll find that the content from the Life below Water is actually based upon the lectures given within the bachelor’s degree in Animal Ecology. Our programme is really hands on. And throughout your animal ecology degree, you’ll have at least one field trip per semester. Coming to places like this. Giving you hands on experiences exploring Australia’s varying habitats, including World Heritage locations such as the Great Barrier Reef like here on Lady Elliot Island, or K’gari on Fraser Island.
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Did you know that the University of Sunshine Coast has been recognised by the Times Higher Education ranking guide as third in the world for Life below Water and fifth in the world for life on land? That’s something we’re extremely proud about. So come and join our team of world class experts who will take you out of the classroom and into the environment. So, from all of us from the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia, we once again thank you for joining us on this adventure, exploring Life below Water

A final thank you and an invitation to join us at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia.

If you are interesting in furthering your studies you can enrol into the Bachelor of Animal Ecology, at the University of the Sunshine Coast. All of the information you have learned in this course is taught in our undergraduate degree, and much more. We have created a fun hands on field based course for you to further your education about these topics. For more information on the Bachelor of Animal Ecology, click on this link

The Bachelor of Animal Ecology is designed for students to learn about how animals are impacted by the environment and human interaction and what we can do to protect their future. It runs for 3 years full time or equivalent part time. On a smaller scale, we also offer a Diploma of Animal Ecology at the University of the Sunshine Coast which runs for 1 year full time or equivalent part time. Completing the Diploma will enable you to jump straight into the second year of the Bachelor of Animal Ecology, if you choose to continue studying. For more information on the Diploma of Animal Ecology click on this link

Finally you may have already undertaken an undergraduate degree (AQF 7 or equivalent) from a recognised higher education institution or equivalent. In this case you might be interested in the Graduate Certificate in Marine Science. Through fieldwork and engaging interactions with discipline experts, you will develop advanced knowledge of coastal and marine ecology, explore the critical issues facing global marine environments, and develop specialist knowledge of the strategies and partnerships required to sustainably manage marine resources. This course is designed to be taken part time for 1 year. For more information on the Graduate Certificate in Marine Science click on this link

We look forward to seeing you on our oceans, beaches or classrooms in the future!

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