Marine Science International Program at Meridan State College, is unlike any other offered in Queensland. The program has been built around using some of the best equipment that can be found in any school in the southern hemisphere. The teachers here are not only passionate educators, they are experts in their respective fields.
Our aim is not meet the standard but to be the standard in which everyone else can follow. We combine the theoretical aspects of our Year 10, 11 and 12 courses with hands-on laboratory experiences and field work techniques.
Over the entire course, a student will encounter each of the marine ecosystems that make Queensland such a unique place. From the wind swept rocky shores to mangroves, seagrass and of course coral reefs.
If you are passionate about the marine environment and want to challenge yourself, then do the science.
Field work – what you do
Each of the field work experiences are mandatory parts of the Marine Courses for Year 10 to 12.
In Year 10, students undertake rocky shore studies at Point Cartwright.
This is an introduction to field studies. The outcomes range from the basic understanding of the population distributions of marine organisms to more advanced opportunities of pharmacological applications of algae on bacteria.
Year 11 marine science students' main field work experience is based at Moreton Bay Research Station at North Stradbroke Island. Over three days, students study four ecosystems as part of their course. On the island, they learn basic field research techniques delivered by University of Queensland research staff. On return, they will produce a report based on their own research question on one of those ecosystems.
Year 12 student's field work is based on the coral reefs at Lady Elliot Island. Students will be conducting their own investigation, based on a research question that they develop. Over four days and three nights, they will be reef walking and snorkelling on the reef to observe, collect and analyse the data necessary to answer their own question. The final outcome is to produce a report.