My research at Lizard Island sought to answer two questions: Are all larval corals (a.k.a. planulae) created equal, or do they vary depending on parental condition, species, location and time of birth? and Are corals born from parents that survived mass bleaching events more thermally tolerant? To answer these questions, I first had to […]
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For the last four years, I’ve been fortunate to carry out research on coral reef bioacoustics at Lizard Island. My most recent trip was funded by a LIRRF Ian Potter Doctoral Fellowship, awarded by the Australian Museum. Coral reefs are alive with sound; the crackle of snapping shrimp combines with the pops, grunts, whoops and […]
The Foundation’s FY2019 audited accounts can be viewed here. We are most appreciative of the support from PricewaterhouseCoopers who have once again completed this audit on a pro bono basis.
Assoc. Prof Maria Dornelas (University of St Andrews, Scotland), Assoc. Prof Joshua Madin (University of Hawaii) and fellow collaborators have been making annual visits to LIRS since the early 2000s during which they monitored the changing ecology of coral reef communities. Their trips coincide with the annual coral spawning event. Their long-term and detailed data sets are […]
Corals and goby fishes are slowly recovering, less than 3 years after the devastating climatic events that occurred at Lizard Island. While this is great news for Lizard Island, more recovery time is needed. The last 5 years have been rough for the reef, with two consecutive cyclones and two back-to-back mass bleaching events taking […]
As a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles, Mark Phuong accompanied Australian Museum Mollusc expert, Francesco Criscione, on a field trip to the Lizard Island Research Station in August, 2014. During the course of 5 days, Mark collected 32 species of cone snails. Cone snails are a hyper-diverse family of carnivorous marine […]