Notre Dame on the high seas

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Summer 7-2-2005

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle Campus

Publication Place



The University of Notre Dame Australia Environmental Science students recently sailed on a 12-day voyage on the STS Leeuwin II as part of their studies.

The voyage is part of a unit called Environmental Ecology and History of the South Coast in which students explore a range of environmental aspects of the south coast of Western Australia and are required to undertake a research project. They conduct their research on board the Leeuwin and in surrounding areas that are visited, and then present the findings upon return to university.

Some of the projects the students undertook included researching water chemistry, studying beach profiles and investigating zoo-plankton.

The voyage departed from Albany and sailed along the south-west coast of Western Australia. There were 41 participants on board, 25 of them Notre Dame students.

Assistant Dean of Science and Technology, Dr Peta Sanderson was on board with the students during the journey.

“Apart from the personal challenges that the students were presented with by being part of the crew on a working ship, the program provided them the opportunity to experience first-hand, unique parts of the south west coast,” she said.

Whilst on the voyage the students also participated in community based environmental programs with some of the south-west communities and assisted CALM in their environmental monitoring programs.

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