Current Research Volunteers
Researchers - contact LIRS if you want to be put in touch with any of the people listed below.
Available Feb/Mar and Oct/Nov 2014
Hi there, My name is Sheena *** and I live in Sydney I'm here to register my keen interest in volunteering at Lizard island Research station. I'm currently undertaking a Masters of Research in the field of Coral ecology and plan to pursue a career in research. In short my thesis revolves around trait based modelling of coral adaption and acclimation. I will also be working closely with P. versipora from temperate and tropical regions to gain understanding of thermal tolerances. As I'm reaching the end of my Degree I would like to have a little more experience in the field of research outside university. I'm able to volunteer from or between the dates Feb 10th-March 10th 2014 20 Oct-15 NOV 2014. These are the dates available between my uni schedule.
In regards to qualifications: I have a current ADAS part 1 occupational diving ticket (30m). I have dived mostly in Sydney region and a few times in the GBR and vanuatu. I also have a current AS2299 dive medical, first aid and O2. I have some experience working underwater in quadrats, transects, coring, lifting, using tools. Other details: I'm a good cook and can whip up a good meal from very little, Self sufficient and can work calmly individually or in a team, musical. Curious. I look forward to hearing from you. Registered 21 January 2014
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 now to October 2014
I'm Catriona from the UK. Available now July to Oct 2014. I'm here in Australia looking for opportunities to help with marine research on coral reefs as it is something I really enjoy. I'm qualified to PADI Rescue diver, I have 611 dives logged with 288 hours of science diving. most recent dive was 16/6/14 on a 10 day trip with DPaW WA to monitor seagrass in Shark Bay. All of my science diving has been tropical - Belize (Coral Cay Conservation), Sri Lanka (Marine Conservaton Society, UK), Fiji (Newcastle Uni UK), Bonaire MPA ( MP Manager). I understand the LIRS dive regulations. I have already obtained: a dive medical certificate AS2299, Senior First Aid certificate, DAN oxygen first aid for Dive accidents and a Qld Recreational Marine Drivers licence and registered as a diver for UQ. I have been on 7 lengthy field trips to remote island locations and can handle a small outboard engine boat. I'm a good team worker, very supportive, like to cook and make good coffee (my opinion). please get in touch if you need more information. I'm in Brisbane at the moment. Registered 4 July 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 February to April 2015
Kate *** of USA. Currently I am available for either Dec 29 2014-Jan 27 2015, or Feb 4- Mar 30 2015. OR I can swap my other work/travel and then be available Mar1-May30. I will need to make these other travel arrangements soon, so volunteering in Jan/Feb would need to be identified ASAP. I am currently between jobs and plan to be in NZ for a festival Jan 29-Feb1, then spending a month in NZ and month in Aus (preferrably up at LIRS).
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
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
Dr Anne Hoggett , Director, Lizard Island Research Station