The Next Phase
Now that the 30th Anniversary Development is almost complete, where should our effort go next?
In 2012 the Australian Museum's Lizard Island Research Station (LIRS) will complete its $4.75 million 30th Anniversary Development thanks to funding provided by the Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation and its many contributors. This major infrastructure upgrade was intended to enable LIRS to provide excellent facilities for coral reef research and education for at least the next ten years. Details of the project are at LIRS 30th Anniversary Development Project. Scientific infrastructure was also enhanced when Lizard Island became a node of the Great Barrier Reef Ocean Observing System (GBROOS) in 2010.
Now that the upgrade is nearing completion, we wanted to find out how successfully LIRS meets the needs of its existing users and more. Are there things that LIRS should be doing differently? Are there other ways that LIRS could and should be used if additional equipment or services were provided? An online survey was open for about three weeks in July 2011, seeking ideas about how LIRS could develop and improve. The survey was open to anyone with an interest - scientists who use coral reef research stations, those who don’t but might if their work was properly supported, policy makers, coral reef lovers and other interested people.
You've told us what you think
Thanks to everyone who completed the survey that closed on 31 July 2011. A draft summary of the results is posted here: Survey results
Dr Anne Hoggett , Director, Lizard Island Research Station