LIRRF Winter 2019 Update
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Dear *|MMERGE6|*
Thank you for your interest in science at the Australian Museum’s Lizard Island Research Station. The Station would not exist and could not continue without our ongoing donor support.

This year our Foundation aims to provide close to $500,000 in funding for the Station, around half of which will support our Fellowship and Grant programs.  Lizard Island research continues to be critical to understanding the challenges facing coral reefs and the countless species of life that depend on them.

We do hope you will consider making a donation this financial year. Options are available at Donors of $100 or more will be included in the 15 July 2019 draw to win a 3-night stay for two at the Lizard Island Resort

The 2018 Station Report is available here.  It contains an abundance of interesting reading, including details of the research that our seven new fellowship recipients will be undertaking. 

The posts linked below and others on our website provide snapshots of the science. Read about studies of tiny cleaner fish and shrimps; their remarkable relationship with their hosts; and how they can be used in aquaculture to reduce parasites.  There is also a study quantifying the decline in coral larval recruitment. It is based on a unique data set derived from decades of observation along the 2,300-km length of the Great Barrier Reef.

Those who attended our March events in Sydney and Melbourne will be delighted to see Renato Morais again, interviewed here by 7NEWS (Townsville) highlighting findings that reefs subject to coral loss can still maintain considerable fish productivity.  Renato is a 2017 LI Doctoral Fellow and currently in his third year of funding.

Thank you for your support,
Kate Hayward
Trustee - LIRRF

Learning from the cleaners and their clients
Read about scientific studies into the remarkable relationship between cleaner fish and their hosts, revealing insight into behaviour for mutual benefits and how it could be employed in aquaculture.


Coral recruitment dynamics
This is a story of a unique data set quantifying the relationship between the loss of adult corals and new coral recruitment.


New damselfish at Lizard Island?
Do you recognise this fish? If so, tell Dr Anne Hoggett, director at the Lizard Island Research Station.


2018 Publications based on field work at Lizard Island
Read about the array of subject areas covered by the 107 scientific publications compiled from field work undertaken at the Station in 2018.


Coral protects fishes and fishes protect coral

Coral-dwelling fish also make their coral homes slightly less susceptible to bleaching.

Biodiversity & ecosystem services

A UN-IPBES global assessment summary released on 6 May indicates the extent to which economic development pathways are impacting nature, and why this should be a major concern to citizens and policy-makers everywhere. We provide a Reef and Lizard Island perspective.

Why Donate to support science at the Australian Museum’s Lizard Island Research Station?

  • Because the Great Barrier Reef is hugely important;
  • the science advances knowledge of life and informs reef conservation;
  • the Station is one of the world’s best reef research facilities and advances marine science careers;
  • the science depends on continuing donor support;
  • LIRRF provides a super-efficient funding channel where you will see your funds being put to good use;
  • and because we have a sense of wonder.
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Australian Museum
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