Dr. Armstrong planning trip to Australia


Adams State University's Dr. Tim Armstrong, professor of biology, will lead a trip to Australia in the summer of 2014. The trip will include visits to several of the eastern coastal cities, various national parks, and snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef.

"Australia's natural history is fascinating because of their unusual forests, mammals, birds, and reptiles," Armstrong said. "Koalas and kangaroos are the most familiar examples of the remarkable marsupials found in Australia, but the diversity of plants and other animals is astonishing." The group will also learn about Australia's geology and native Aboriginal culture.

The dates are July 7 through July 20, 2014, during Australia's winter. Temperatures will range from the 50's in the mountains around Sydney to 80° F in the northern tropics.

"These trips are great because students who are taking the trip for college credit study different aspects of the natural history of the region and present their research during the trip, so everyone gets to learn," Armstrong said.

The estimated, inclusive cost is $6500 per person and includes upper division course credit, airfare, ground transportation, lodging, meals, and park entrance fees.

The group is limited to 10 to 12 people and only a few spots remain. Armstrong has previously led trips to East Africa and Costa Rica, but this will be the first time Adams State has visited Australia. Contact Armstrong for more information at 719-587-7211 or taarmstr@adams.edu.