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...
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,...
Fellowships and grants update

Fellowships and grants update

No new fellowships or grants were awarded for 2021 due to severe limitations on travel caused by COVID-19. We’re pleased that this important program has now resumed. Four new postdoctoral fellows and three new postdoctoral fellowships have now been selected to start...
Outcomes of the Polychaete Workshop eight years on

Outcomes of the Polychaete Workshop eight years on

A 2013 expedition to Lizard Island by a team of worm taxonomists has greatly expanded knowledge of coral reef biodiversity – and reveals how much more there is still to learn. Polychaetes are marine worms commonly known as Bristle Worms. The 11th International...
Deconstructing coral colonies

Deconstructing coral colonies

Dr Kyle Zawada is a humble man, but show him just a glimpse of Acropora loripes and he’ll give you its distribution, distinctive features and more in a heartbeat. Whereas some specialize in the language of mathematics or the coded workings of the human mind, Kyle’s...