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Thanks for supporting science at the Australian Museum’s Lizard Island Research Station.  Here's a brief update on some of the science our Foundation is supporting.
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Dear <<First Name>>
 
Thank you for your ongoing interest and support for science on the Great Barrier Reef.  This is a brief Update on the some of the science our Foundation (LIRRF) is supporting at the Australian Museum’s Lizard Island Research Station.     
 
In our August meeting, I was honoured to be appointed as the new Chair of LIRRF.  I’m most grateful that David Shannon, our dedicated Chair for the past six years, has agreed to stay on.  Dr Ronnie Harding retired and Dr Geoff Shuetrim became a Trustee.  In late 2017 we also welcomed Greer Banyer as a Trustee.  Greer has spent several months working as research assistant at the Station and studied marine biology (Hons) at James Cook University.
 
A group of my fellow Trustees and I have just returned from a visit to the Station, funded as always at our own expense.   It’s pleasing to report that a number of local coral species are continuing their post-bleaching post-cyclone recovery, and in select areas new species and juvenile corals are rejuvenating.  Understanding this process and speed of recovery is an area of vital study. 
 
Resident co-directors Dr Anne Hoggett AM & Dr Lyle Vail AM are as busy as ever and the field research facilities at the Station are close to full utilization.  Our visit there coincided with four inspiring research teams:  fish cognition researchers from Switzerland; coral and reef ecologists from the USA assessing recovery of reef community structure (and included two joint 2018 LIRRF postdoctoral fellows); a multi-institutional Australian archaeology team that has visited the Station since 2012, undertaking important field study into indigenous history and culture on islands in the area; as well as a seaweed researcher.
 
This financial year we are aiming to provide $245,000 in research grants, including five new doctoral fellowships and three new postdoctoral fellowships.  We are extremely grateful to The Ian Potter Foundation which has recently continued their wonderful support with funding for a further five Ian Potter Doctoral Fellowships.  This year the Foundation also aims to provide $155,000 in infrastructure support at the Station.  
 
Australian Museum Director & CEO Kim McKay AO recently drew the 2018 winner of the 3 nights stay at the Lizard Island Resort, won by LIRRF members Penny Davis and Peter Curry.  Donors of $100 or more will be eligible for the 2019 resort stay prize draw.  See here for more.
 
And finally, we hope you enjoy the following photos and links, which provide some inspiring stories about science at, and support for, the Reef and the Station.   Not least of which includes a moving account of a $216.35 donation received from a group of five 2nd year Northbridge Public School students.

The need to better understand the myriad of Reef species and help them adapt to climate change has never been more pressing. We hope you will continue your support.  Options are available at lirrf.org/donate.
 
Sincerely
 
Kate Hayward
Chair

Reef recovery at Lizard Island, June 2018 © Andy Lewis.

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Lisa Bostrom-Einarsson and her colleagues completed an environmental impact study on the use of household vinegar to control over-population of the Crown of Thorns Starfish, confirming its potential.

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Recently-published research confirms Reef resilience to major changes in climate, sea level and water quality on a 30,000 year timescale, but offers no assurance it will continue its recovery on our immediate human timescale.

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Joseph DiBattista is planning to ‘barcode’ the identifying DNA of fishes at Lizard Island. This will enable environmental DNA to be used for monitoring and managing the Reef.

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This illustration is from a research paper by Samuel B Powell et al. Data collected at Lizard Island and elsewhere shows underwater location can be determined by reference to the sun, time and polarisation patterns. Many marine animals have polarised vision..

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Barbara Banks is a sailor, a keen underwater photographer and an outstanding citizen-scientist, contributing over a thousand images to the Lizard Island Field Guide. See more

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Last month we received our best-ever $216.35 donation from 5 students in Class 2B at Northbridge Public School

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ABC’s 7.30 Report (August 22, 2018) featured an interview with LIRS co-director Dr Anne Hoggett and Dr Line Bay, of the Australian Institute of Marine Science. Dr Bay received the first LIRS post-doctoral fellowship award, funded by the generous donation from the Hermon Slade Raiatea Foundation.

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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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