Name: Laurel Low ‘14
Hometown: Fairfield, CA
Major: Biology: Environmental Studies
OCS Program: SFS Australia Tropical Rainforest Studies

Studying abroad in the Australian rainforest gave me the wonderful opportunity to delve into an amazing, complex ecosystem!  We made several transects in secondary succession rainforest of varying ages and recorded the tree species present. My research focused on the ability of the forests of different ages to provide food to frugivore (fruit-eaters) and granivore (seed-eaters) throughout the year.  

Research abroad also gave me a valuable experience to put on my resume which helped me get a summer research internship.  Research abroad is a great way to get hands-on experience.