Simply stated, the Australian Museum’s Lizard Island Research Station is one of the world’s best facilities for field research on tropical coral reefs.
It is well-located for research on outer barrier reefs, lagoon and inshore habitats, away from heavier tourist and shipping movements.
Thanks to the presence of the eco-friendly Lizard Island Resort, there is a daily air service and a regular barge service for supplies. There is also a telephone and internet service available from a transmission tower on the mainland. These services are unusual in remote island locations.
The Station is well equipped to support field research, with boats, diving gear, laboratories, microscopes, a salt-water aquarium and accommodation. All facilities are well maintained and comply with rigorous operational health and safety standards.
Visiting scientists who use the Station facilities come from leading universities and research institutions in Australia and around the world. In a typical year, around 140 scientists from 40 institutions in 10 countries conduct approximately 130 field research projects at the Station. Utilisation by visiting scientists is approximately 7,000 user-days per year.
The Station is managed by a team of four; two highly experienced marine scientist Directors (Dr. Anne Hoggett AM and Dr. Lyle Vail AM) and two maintenance people. Visiting scientists appreciate the efficient support they receive for their research projects and the wealth of local knowledge available. Anne and Lyle have been in their current roles for over 25 years. Their competence and dedication is a large part of the reason why the Station is a preferred base for field research on the Great Barrier Reef.
Each year over 100 new scientific publications based on Lizard Island research are added to the Station library. The volume and quality of this research is outstanding. See 2,062 Science Publications…and counting!
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