James Cook University is one of the leading universities in the world for marine biology research. I spent winter and spring terms (summer and fall in Australia!) at the Townsville campus of JCU in northern Queensland, Australia. It was an amazing opportunity to study and experience a very different aspect of marine biology, compared to the more temperate focus of OIMB. JCU is very close to the Great Barrier Reef and offers exceptional opportunities to study the unique marine habitats Australia. I would highly recommend this study abroad experience for anyone interested in getting a background in tropical marine biology, as well as learning about an awesome culture.