This is the blog site of ENR 4890/5890 – “Exploring Queensland’s Human and Physical Landscapes” – a field course offered by the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming in the spring semester 2017.

Dates for the current offering of this course are December 31, 2016 through January 21, 2017. The overarching objective of the course is to gain an understanding of the environmental, economic, political, and sociocultural issues that shape space, place, and society in one of Australia’s most populated and environmentally threatened coastal regions. Focusing on the dynamics of coupled natural and human systems, students will explore and apply a wide range of field techniques – observational, analytic, and interpretive – working with both UW course leaders and local experts. Field experiences will include the urban environs of Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, and surrounding rural hinterlands, Glass House Mountains, Noosa Biosphere Reserve, Fraser Island, and the Lady Elliot Island Great Barrier Reef Coral Cay.

Over the time of the course, each of the 13 participating students will contribute at least one entry to this site. The moderators for the blog are the course’s co-instructors: Jeff Hamerlinck (UW Department of Geography); and Courtney Carlson (UW Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources).