This post lists some of the scientists and research projects utilizing the facilities of the Australian Museum’s
Lizard Island Research Station this year. A complete list will be published as part of the Station’s full 2017 Report. The results from most of these projects will be published in scientific journals. For prior years, see Publications & Projects on the Station website.
The links show the great breadth and depth of scientific talent at the Station. Lizard Island research is part of an impressive web of Australian and international scientific enquiry across multiple disciplines, all advancing our knowledge of life on the Reef and our ability to conserve it for future generations.
(NTNU Norway): Effects of coral bleaching on fishes. Trond Amundsen Kristen Anderson King (JCU) Recovery of coral growth after bleaching Maria del Mar Palacios (JCU): Effect of on reef fish & habitat degradation Top predators Alexandra Ordonez Alvarez & ( Guillermo Diaz Pulido Griffith): Coralline algae evolution and ocean acidification. See also Coral Algae Research Lab and Coralcoe
Lithothamnion proliferum – a species of coralline algae at Lizard Island © Anne Hoggett
Derek Sun (UQ) as field leader for Paul Sikkell (Arkansas) : The role of micropredators and cleaning behaviour in coral reef fish communities Rebecca Fox (UTS) & Jennifer Donelson ( JCU): Exploring the nexus between physiology and behaviour in a warming world. Rebecca & Jennifer were awarded a LIRRF Isobel Bennett Biology Fellowship to help fund this research.
Research duo Fox and Donelson at Lizard Island. Photo: Photo: A. Leplastrier
Zoe Richards (Curtin) & Daniela Ceccarelli (Independent researcher): Temporal dynamics and response to disturbance in coral and fish communities at Lizard Island – see Counting Survivors ( Mark McCormick JCU): Fish and benthic survey of Lizard Island & Sjannie Lefevre Nilsson (UiO): Physiological responses to hypoxia of the Goran Nilsson Humpback Conch
Humpback Conch Gibberulus gibberulus at Lizard Island © Barbara
Samantha Aird (JCU): on the Great Barrier Reef Long-term Aboriginal resource use Luis Alonso Gomez Lemos ( Griffith): Ecological interactions between crustose coralline algae and early life stages of seaweeds and corals (Griffith): Biological traits responsible for acclimation/adaptation of coralline algae to ocean acidification Ellie Bergstrom Naomi Green (UQ): Seeing and responding to colour signals ( Maureen Ho Griffith): The role of macroalgae and their different carbon uptake strategies (JCU): The effect of canopy-forming macroalgae on reef processes. Zoe was awarded a LIRRF / Zoe Loffler Ian Potter Foundation Fellowship to help fund this research. Martin Luehrmann (UQ): Visual ecology of cardinalfishes Apogonidae (JCU): Structural complexity effects on fish productivity over multiple spatial scales: the influence of cyclone damage and massive bleaching events Renato Morais Araujo (JCU): Benthic feeding video grids Robert Streit (Macquarie): A multi-scale approach for quantifying habitat complexity of coral reef from space Damaris Torres-Pulliza Cedric Van Den Berg (UQ): Luminance detection and discrimination thresholds in the Picasso Triggerfish.
An adult Picasso Triggerfish Rhinecanthus aculeatus © Andy Lewis
(Macquarie): Cyclone mapping project – coral recruitment on mapped sites Rachael Woods (JCU): Effects of bleaching on Sue Anne Watson giant clams
Smooth Giant Clam Tridacna derasa at Big Vikis Reef Lizard Island. © Andy Lewis
Coral recovery – the time perspective and Basis for hope (updated to note Vinegar – controlling COTS at half the cost GBRMPA approval). Lizard Island corals Still lots to see and study