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Practical training in ecological monitoring: applications closing soon

AusPlots Field Method Training

Practical training in plot-based ecological monitoring in rangeland ecosystems

Karratha and Millstream Chichester National Park, WA

The AusPlots Rangelands Survey Protocols Manual is available for free download here

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25 - 28 July 2016

About the course:  The four day training course covers all aspects of AusPlots’ work, including our Rangeland Protocols, that provide a simple agreed method for anyone undertaking research or monitoring in the rangelands. Led by experienced ecologists, participants will have a day of lectures and then three days in the field learning all aspects of the field protocols. Participants will learn the specific techniques of establishing a plot, taking photo-panoramas, conducting point intercept vegetation surveys, collecting plant herbaria specimens, collecting plant tissue samples, using a basal wedge for calculating biomass, leaf area index sampling, and various soil sampling techniques.

Who should attend:  The course is intended for ecosystem science professionals, researchers, students, and anyone working in rangeland environments. It is suitable for land managers, including natural resource management and industry sectors. It assumes a basic level of prior knowledge and will suit all backgrounds and interests

Course details:  The four day course will commence Monday 25th July in Karratha for a full day of theory, followed by field work Tuesday 26th to Thursday 28th July camping at Millstream Chichester National Park. Course tuition is free! However you will be required make your own way to Karratha and return, and contribute a co-payment (~$400) to cover camping and catering costs.

Click here to download the flyer

Click here to read a previous training report

Places will be limited.

For more information and to register your interest email sally@ausplots.org.au or call Ben Sparrow (08) 8313 1201 


Attendees of previous AusPlots training courses have included federal government representatives, land management professionals, researchers from several different fields, and undergraduate students


Course participants learn how to measure soil bulk density, an indicator of soil compaction and vital for understanding root growth, and how water and air move through the soil


AusPlots Director Ben Sparrow (second from right) explains the 3D photo panorama, which can be used to digitally generate an interactive 3D model of the plot