Current Research Volunteers

Researchers - contact LIRS if you want to be put in touch with any of the people listed below.

Available August 2014 to January 2015

My name is Chris ***, a soldier currently living in Darwin Australia. I am moving to Townsville in a few months and am interested in being a research volunteer at Lizard Island. I am available to volunteer between the months of August to January on a full time basis. My circumstances that enable to volunteer are myself leaving Defence and having accrued almost four months leave, which will be my financial backing whilst I volunteer. The reason I am interested in starting a degree in Marine Biology next year and would the love the chance for some field experience.

I currently have my Advanced Open water cert and by August will have completed my Deep Diver and Trimix courses. I will have read up on and understood LIRS policies in the next month. I have a current First Responder certificate with a drug and Advanced Resuscitation component. I do not have any current experience in scientific research however I am quite versed in marine life. My island skills are: good cook, tidy, hygienic, good diver, have all my own dive equipment, can sleep just about any where, specialist communications operator and other varies skills from being defence for six years. Registered 5 June 2014

Available November/December 2014

My name is Paula *** and I am Spanish. We are a couple interested in doing a volunteering for a month from November 15th until Dicember 15th. ( Fabio *** and me) We are Marine Scientis with 25 and 26 years old, we are now doing a volunteer at AIMS (Australian institute of marine science) in Townsville, in order to get some experience. We leave Australia in one week but we come back to AIMS for the coral spawning season on September 15th. We have eVisitor Visa, is a Visa for 12 month but every three month we have to leave the country. Both of us are recently Dive Masters Padi, we did Dive Master course, Rescue and EFR in the Philippines three month ago. I have around 70 dives logged and Fabio has around 200. We used to dive together, most of our diving has been in Indonesia, Mediterranean Sea and in the Philippines. If accepted into a research team, I will obtain an AS 2299 dive medical in Australia prior to the trip. We are very interested in dive in the Great Barrier Reef. Both of us are a good cookers, non smoker, funny and easy going. Registered 23 June 2014

Available July 2014 to July 2015

My name is Joshua ***, I am from the United Kingdom. I would be available to volunteer from July 2014 to July 2015. I am in Australia on a Working Holiday, currently staying on Russell Island in Queensland. I am a Marine and Freshwater Biology Graduate, looking to gain experience as a research assistant and increase the number of dives I have logged.

I am a PADI Rescue Diver and Emergency Oxygen Administrator with 40 dives logged, ranging from Cave and Reef Dives in Greece, to a series of Wreck dives in the Philippine Islands. My most recent dive was the 24th August 2014 in the Mediterranean, off the coast of Turkey. Of these dives the best corals were found on the 12 Philippine wreck dives. I am also a competent snorkeller/freediver, and would definitely be interested in using these skills at the island. I have read and understand the conditions for diving at LIRS, and realise that with the current hours logged I would only be able to dive Supervised Short Term. I will reapply if these circumstances change. I understand that I will need to obtain a current dive medical that meets the Australian/New Zealand Standard 2299. I will bring my EFR First aid and PADI Oxygen Administrator evidence with me.

I have a BSc (2.1) in Marine and Freshwater Biology from Aberystwyth University, gained in 2013. I have also spent two periods of 3 months each on the island of Zakynthos, Greece, working as a volunteer with Archelon, the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece. During my time there I was trained as a shift leader, responsible for ensuring correct monitoring procedures during morning surveys, and for personally tagging turtles during night surveys. During my degree modules in Marine and Freshwater biology also included water samples using Van Dorn bottles, collection of sediment using grab samples and plankton collection and identification using drag nets. I have spent large amounts of time within small groups, when volunteering in Costa Rica (3 months), Greece (6 months) and the Philippines (6 weeks). Duties such as shared cleaning and cooking were commonplace, and as a non-smoker and non-fussy eater I would fit well with any group on the island. Registered 11 July 2014

Available throughout 2015

My name is Markus ***, I am a German citizen, currently residing in the Netherlands. I hold a PhD in computational fluid dynamics and currently the qualification of BSAC (British Subaqua Club) Sports Diver, the equivalent of PADI Rescue Diver and am working to complete my Dive Leader (PADI dive master equivalent) qualification soon.

I will be taking a professional assignment that will have me working on a 4 weeks on/4 weeks off rotational schedule and would like to do something meaningful in the time I have off and gain some applied oceanographic research experience. Thus, I will be available every other 4 weeks for all of 2015.

I have currently logged 80+ dives, have dived in the Carribean, Great Barrier Reef, New Zealand, various places in Asia, Brazil, Egypt, the English Channel but most recently gained experience in Dutch waters. If accepted into a research team, I will obtain an AS 2299 dive medical in Australia prior to the trip and I will obtain training and certification in first aid and medical oxygen administration as required.

With my mechanical engineering background I'd say I am practical and based on my previous research experience in fluid dynamics I believe I could contribute to research project that have a component of that sort. Thank you very much already for your consideration. Registered 5 August 2014

Available Feb 2015

Kate *** of USA. I am currently between jobs and plan to be in NZ for a festival Jan 29-Feb1.

I would like to volunteer because it has been the most amazing experience in the past, and having been away from Aus for 6 years I would like to rekindle some biological connections and see if I can't find work/PhD/means to move back to the GBR area for work/study.

I am a PADI Divemaster, with 400+ dives logged and many dives not logged. Most recent diving was pleasure diving in Hawaii Feb 2014. Most of my diving has been on coral reef, including 100+ at LIRS, 100+ at Kimbe PNG, 100+ in Hawaii. I fully understand the LIRS Diving Regulation, having dove 100+ dives as a volunteer (2004-2006) and if accepted into a research team, I will obtain an AS 2299 dive medical in Australia prior to the trip and medical oxygen administration as required. I already obtain the first aid certification that is required. I have created patch reefs, set light traps, tagged counted and measured fish, aquarium set up, coral tissue dying, coral/fish/invert transect and quadrat, photographic and video transect or documentation, etc. I am a great cook, hard worker, get along well with variety of personalities, certified yoga teacher, JCU alumni, and have done quite well living at LIRS in the past. Registered 5 September 2014, revised 17 Sep

Available Nov 2014 to April 2015

My name is Charlotte *** and I am from England. I have been in Australia for 11 months and I plan to be here for at least another year. I am able to volunteer from November 2014 to April 2015.

I came to Australia to gain experience in cetacean and coral reef research and I have a particular interest in the Great Barrier Reef. I would love to be involved because I have a passion for marine conservation and I would also like to gain a higher understanding of fish and coral survey methods and familiarise myself with these techniques in order to add breadth and depth to my expertise. I am on Working Holiday Visa and I will be in Cairns for the next 6 months or so from November.6

I am a PADI Divemaster, with 155 dives logged. The last 20 dives was on the Great Barrier Reef in July 2014, but I have dived in the UK, Caribbean, Mozambique and Thailand. If accepted into a research team, I will obtain an AS 2299 dive medical in Australia prior to the trip and I will obtain training and certification in first aid and medical oxygen administration as required.

I have a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Wildlife Conservation from the United Kingdom and I have a variety of conservation related experiences. I have experience as a research assistant working as a team for Nottingham Trent University alongside Lagon Bleu, an NGO, in Mauritius. The research predominantly involved analysing fish diversity and abundance using transect surveys in the Blue Bay Marine Protected Area. In completing the study I became competent in using programs such as Fish Base and Microsoft Office software. Overall this project led me to gain my Marine Conservation certificate. Throughout University I participated in various field trips which utilised several research related skills and analysis of diverse data sets. Consequently I have experience with working alongside flora and fauna in several countries including Spain and South Africa. For my thesis in my final year of University I completed surveys in determining the population status of rodents in and around Nottinghamshire, England to establish the impacts of human disturbance. From October 2013 until February 2014 I volunteered for the Dolphin Discovery Centre, Western Australia. During my placement I also assisted a research team as part of the Cetacean Research Unit, Murdoch University on surveying Indo- Pacific bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops aduncus) populations using set transects. The data collection involved recording dolphin behaviour, environmental conditions and species abundance. I also photographed the fins of the dolphins to then utilise in photo identification using ACDSee software. Hence due to my PADI Divemaster and my experience at the Dolphin Discovery Centre I have gained sufficient skills in boat handling and maintenance. From April until August 2014 I volunteered for the Minke Whale Project, Cairns. The first two months of being involved with the project was predominantly office based work, which involved preparing for the field season commencing in June and July. My duties included, but were not limited to data analysis, workshop preparation, photo ID and field kit assembly. Throughout the field season I worked on liveaboard dive vessels on the Great Barrier Reef and I recorded the interactions between snorkelers and minke whales and dwarf minke whale behaviour.

I am an extremely dedicated individual to conservation and research of wildlife and the environment, as can be identified from my extensive range of experiences within different aspects of the field. By working on Lizard Island Research Station I desire to expand upon these facets whilst helping to build upon the existing research, with the hope to make a significant difference. I like to believe that I am a pleasant person to work alongside, however I do ensure that I work to my highest ability, by demonstrating initiative and performing any duty required with willingness and motivation. I have a strong passion for the marine environment and in the issues surrounding the detrimental anthropogenic effects, as seen in the shark culling program and the dredging of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. I therefore aim to achieve long term goals within my lifetime in protecting and conserving the flora and fauna, to the best of my capabilities. I am currently on the Gold Coast assisting a masters student with her land based theodolite study. I have been running the surveys and managing the survey teams and we have been recording near shore water utilization by mother calf pairs of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). As well as this project, I am also volunteering for Humpbacks and High-Rises, which involves vessel based behavioural observations of the humpback whales. Once I have completed this study on the 19th September, I am volunteering for BRAHSS (Behavioural Responses of Australian Humpback whales to Seismic Surveys) for 5 weeks. I am a non-smoker and I am always happy to help with cooking, cleaning etc. Registered 9 September 2014

Available summer uni holidays 2014/15

I am entering my final year of Marine Science at Murdoch University (WA). I am interested in volunteering over the summer semester break. I have attached a quick list of experience/skills. Regards, Luke ***

Entering final year of Marine Science degree - Currently finalising Dive Master training - Padi OW, AOW, Rescue Diver, SSI EAN40 - 17 years Scuba experience - Experience working in commercial diving, equipment maintenance, repair and dive support - 15 years ROV (remotely operated vehicle) experience (currently employed as ROV submersible engineer) - 7 years offshore experience working on survey and research vessels - Electronic Engineering Cert (specific experience in subsea electronic fault finding, repair and design) - Hydraulic systems training (fault finding and repair) - Offshore survival certification (BOSEIT) - Current Medical clearance - Current Senior First Aid - Skippers ticket. Registered 2 October 2014

Available to at least Feb 2016

My name is Emma ***. I have just moved to Cooktown with my husband and have a Bachelor of Science majoring in Marine Biology and Zoology.

Previous full time employment was at an aquarium on the Sunshine Coast where I worked as an Aquarist (building displays and life support systems, monitoring water quality, monitoring animal health and treating when required etc). I am looking to keep up my skills through volunteer placements while living in Cooktown for the next 4 years.

I am seeking field and lab experience. I am a PADI Divemaster with 64 logged dives, however I have spent the last 3 years diving at work in large aquariums and also diving out on the reefs off the Sunshine Coast collecting and releasing animals.

I have a current commercial dive medical and current Senior First Aid, Advanced CPR and O2 as well as extensive training with a defibrillator.

Including my Bachelors degree and first aid certificates, I also have the following qualifications and certifications 1. Miami University and Project Dragonfly Graduate Course: Approaches to Environmental Stewardship & Belize trip 24th July-11th August 2014 2.Dr Rob Jones, Aquarium vet e-quarist online course – Unit 1 Fish Anatomy and Physiology, 2013 Unit 2 Disease Concepts and Diagnostics, 2014 Unit 3 Water Quality and Chemistry, 2014 3.Quarantine Approved Premises (Classes 2 to 8) 4.Recreational Boating Licence Registered 23 Oct 2014

Available Jul and Aug 2015

I'm Pauline *** and I am a french third year student in Biology Degree. I would like to be volunteer from July 2015 to August 2015. I wish I come to Australia to volunteer or do internship in marine biology to acquire experience in other country. I have a diploma of Marine Technician from the Institute of Marine Biology and Technology (Cnam Intechmer) since September 2014. I did a 5 months internship (April to Agust 2014) at the French Naval Hydrographic and Oceanographic Office where I realized marine cartography (Arcgis and Qgis). I went on the oceanographic ship "Pourquoi Pas" in the Norway Sea during one month.

I have my Open Water from March 2013, I was formed in the Channel (FFESSM) but I didn't do a lot of divings. I dived in the Mediterranean (1 dive) and in Madagascar (3 dives) when I was ecovolunteer for the association Cetamada which protect marine mammals around Madagascar. This year, I will pass the Rescue Diver (April). I am very interested in all kind of marine research (chemical, biology, acoustic...) and I will be very happy to help one scientific in his/her project. I am very motivated, I learn quickly and I can do field work, laboratory work and data traitment. I am a non-smoker and I will be very happy to help in cooking, cleaning or all other research project. Registered 11 Nov 2014

Available Feb to April 2015 and intermittently after that

My name is Georgia *** and I am 34 years old. I am writing to register as a prospective research volunteer on Lizard Island Research Station. I am a permanent resident of Australia and also hold a US passport. For the last six years, I have been working onboard a private yacht on a circumnavigation project. The yacht will spend most of 2015 in Australia, where I will have several extended blocks of time off. After working in hospitality and tourism for over 15 years, I am thinking about a career change and hope to gain some field experience that may assist me with a future in wildlife management or sustainable tourism. Having worked on the live aboard dive boats out of Cairns several years ago, I am familiar with Lizard Island and the surrounding reefs and would love to see them from a different perspective.

I am a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor with teaching experience and over 2000 dives. If accepted in to a research program, I would be happy to complete any relevant safety or first aid courses and meet whatever requirements necessary at my own expense. In the past I have experience working as a chef, tour guide, deckhand, and scuba instructor. I am currently working as the first mate on a luxury catamaran sailing the East Coast of Australia. I am a non smoker. I enjoy cooking and like to think I am pretty good at it. I have experience planning menus and meals for large groups. I am very used to working in close quarters, and remote areas, and would like to think I can get along with most people pretty well. I am easy going and open minded and enjoy meeting new people and having new experiences. I have some time off coming up and would be available from mid February to mid April 2015. I would love the opportunity to fly out to Lizard Island and assist with whatever project may require an inexperienced but enthusiastic volunteer during this time. Thank you for your consideration! Registered 12 December 2014.


Dr Anne Hoggett , Director, Lizard Island Research Station
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