Fish Work – a poet’s view

Fish Work – a poet’s view

It was August 2017 when I first flew from Cairns to Lizard Island Research Station. I had absolutely no idea what to expect. While I had written a book of poems previously on the ocean and fishing landscapes of Cervantes in Western Australia, I had no exposure to the...
Big coral spawning event in 2022

Big coral spawning event in 2022

Most species of hard corals on the Great Barrier Reef take part in a mass spawning event over a short period, once a year. It’s a remarkable sight and, every year, most people at LIRS are keen to go out and see it –  even if their research has nothing to...
Fellowships and grants on offer for 2023

Fellowships and grants on offer for 2023

Thanks to funding provided by our Foundation, applications are now open for up to 9 awards for research at Lizard Island Research Station from April 2023: Lizard Island Doctoral Fellowships For field-intensive coral reef research by PhD students. Applications for up...
Activities at Lizard Island Research Station

Activities at Lizard Island Research Station

In this short video, shot from the Station, Anne Hoggett, LIRS Director shares her insights about bleaching over summer in the Lizard Island area and gives an update of activities at the Australian Museum’s Lizard Island Research Station (LIRS). By Dr Anne Hoggett |...
Octopus pair at Lizard Island

Octopus pair at Lizard Island

On our last expedition to Jiigurru (Lizard Island), we were fortunate enough to witness a pair of Reef Octopus (Octopus cyanea) out actively hunting and copulating in the late afternoon at Watson’s Bay, with very little concern about our presence. The larger...
The next Crown-of-Thorns Starfish outbreak is coming

The next Crown-of-Thorns Starfish outbreak is coming

Crown-of-Thorns Starfish (COTS) are natural members of coral reef communities and their numbers erupt periodically into outbreaks. Adult starfish – which can reach more than 50 cm diameter – eat the living tissue of corals. When outbreaks occur, COTS consume...
Lizard Island Coral Reef Study Tour 2022

Lizard Island Coral Reef Study Tour 2022

Introduction by Kate Hayward, LIRRF Chair Back in 2019, the LIRRF undertook to support and fund an inaugural 9-night educational program at the Australian Museum’s Lizard Island Research Station for a select group of Year 11 NSW government school biology students and...
2022 Critical Research Grant awarded

2022 Critical Research Grant awarded

The 2022 Lizard Island Critical Research Grant has been awarded to Prof. Andrew Baird of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University and colleagues from the Museum of Tropical Queensland and University of Hawai’i at Manoa. The project,...
Damselfishes in colour

Damselfishes in colour

To anybody familiar with the coral reef systems of the Great Barrier Reef and their inhabitants, the importance of the damselfish family is well understood. Take a quick look at the reef while snorkelling on Lizard Island and you will see hundreds of this family’s...