Research Projects 1997

The following research projects were carried out during six months from July to December 1997. Project leaders who are postgraduate students are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Foraminiferan Workshop - Various Projects on Reef Foraminifera (July 1997)

Prof. John Lee (City College of New York, USA) - Convenor
Dr Joan Bernhard (New York State Department of Health, Albany, USA)
Dr Sam Bowser (New York State Department of Health, Albany, USA)
Dr Maria Jose Correia (City College of New York, USA) accompanied by Sergio Correia
Dr Jean-Pierre Debenay (University of Angers, France)
Dr Ivo Duijnstee (University of Utrecht, The Netherlands)
Dr Susan Goldstein (University of Georgia, Athens, USA)
Dr Pamela Hallock Muller (University of South Florida, USA)
Prof. Dr. Christoph Hemleben (Institute and Museum for Geology and Palaeontology, Tubingen, Germany)
Dr Johann Hohenegger (University of Vienna, Austria)
Prof Dr Lukas Hottinger (Museum of Natural History, Basel, Switzerland)
Dr Natasja Jannink (University of Utrecht, The Netherlands)
Dr Hiroshi Kitazato (Shizuoka University, Japan)
Dr Martin Langer (Institute and Museum for Geology and Palaeontology, Tubingen, Germany)
Dr Jere Lipps (University of California at Berkeley, USA)
Dr Jan Pawlowski (Museum of Natural History, Geneva, Switzerland)
Dr Beth Richardson (University of Georgia, Athens, USA)
Helen Talge (University of South Florida, USA)
Dr Masashi Tsuchiya (Shizuoka University, Japan)

Nutrient cycling by holothurians (July 1997)

*Sven Uthicke (Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville) assisted by Dr Britta Schaffelke

Molecular phylogeny of the protistan phylum Haplosporidia (July 1997)

Prof. Eugene Burreson (Virginia Institute of Marine Science, USA) assisted by Nancy Stokes and accompanied by Susan Burreson

The crown-of-thorns starfish story (desk study) (July 1997)

*Amy Hinks and *Emily Hardman (University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK)

Interaction of hormones and reproductive behaviour in the spiny damselfish, Acanthochromis polyacanthus (July 1997; December 1997)

Prof. Ned Pankhurst and Dr Tish Pankhurst assisted by Polly Butler, Andrea Hobby and Mark Hilder (University of Tasmania, Launceston) and accompanied by Sam and Mike Pankhurst

Ammonium affinity of sediments at Lizard Island (July/ August 1997)

Prof. John Bishop (University of Richmond, USA) assisted by Arieh Levin

Relationship of fish morphology to diet, feeding mode and microhabitat (July/ August, October, December 1997)

Dr David Bellwood and *Selma Klanten (James Cook University, Townsville) assisted by Jason Elliott

Growth rates and longevities in exploited reef fishes (July/ August, December 1997)

Prof Howard Choat (James Cook University, Townsville) assisted by Will Robbins, Samantha Adams, Selma Klanten and Dr Kendall Clements

Effects of fishing on the sexual structure of protogynous serranids on the Great Barrier Reef (July/ August 1997)

*Samantha Adams (James Cook University, Townsville)

Quantification of flux rates of adult fishes across the boundaries of fisheries reserves - telemetry (August, October 1997)

Dr Dirk Zeller and Dr Garry Russ (James Cook University, Townsville) assisted by Carole Eros and Ashley Frisch

Quantification of flux rates of adult fishes across the boundaries of fisheries reserves - trapping (August, October 1997)

*Charles Hatcher (James Cook University, Townsville) assisted by Ashley Frisch

Colour vision and colour communication on the Great Barrier Reef (August 1997 )

Dr Justin Marshall (University of Queensland, Brisbane), Dr Tom Cronin and *Chuan-Chin Chen (University of Maryland at Baltimore, USA), Prof Roy Caldwell (University of California at Berkeley, USA) and *Christine Harling (University of Sussex, UK), accompanied by Roz, Elena and Ian Cronin and Michael Caldwell

Population ecology of habitat specialised fishes (August/ September 1997)

*Phil Munday (James Cook University, Townsville) assisted by Annika Persson

Collection and culture of planktic and benthic foraminifers for DNA analysis (September 1997)

Dr Kate Darling, Dr Dick Kroon and Dr Chris Wade (University of Edinburgh, Scotland)

Systematics of Indo-Pacific shrimp gobies (September/ October 1997)

*Mark Mohlman (University of Hawaii, USA) assisted by Ilsa Kuffner

Reproduction and growth of Lethrinus nebulosus (October 1997)

*Edwin Grandcourt (James Cook University, Townsville) assisted by Mary Bursey

Life history, reproductive biology and population dynamics of Lutjanus carponotatus (October 1997)

*Jake Kritzer (James Cook University, Townsville) assisted by Mary Bursey

Effects of line fishing - baseline visual surveys (October 1997)

Dr Tony Ayling (Sea Research, Daintree) assisted by Dr Avril Ayling, Warren Nott and Parrish Robbins, and accompanied by Bliss and Xenica Ayling, Jo and baby.

An evaluation of herbivory in the Blennidae (October 1997)

*Shaun Wilson (James Cook University, Townsville)

The importance of short-lived fishes to the nutrient dynamics of coral reefs (October 1997)

*Michael Marnane (James Cook University, Townsville)

Tissue thickness variation in massive Porites corals in response to environmental changes (October 1997)

*James True (James Cook University, Townsville) assisted by Mary Bursey

Adaptive significance of body pattern changes in cephalopods (October/ November 1997)

Dr Shelley Adamo (Dalhousie University, Canada) assisted by Kathy Weichelt

Coral recruitment (November 1997)

*Andrew Baird (James Cook University, Townsville)

Water quality monitoring program (November 1997)

David Haynes and Michelle Devlin (Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Townsville)

Chronic damage to corals by crown-of-thorns starfish (November 1997)

*Morgan Pratchett (James Cook University, Townsville) assisted by Jason Pratchett and Gillian Goby

Factors influencing sex change in parrotfishes (November 1997)

*Nick Gust (James Cook University, Townsville) assisted by Jason Pratchett and Gillian Goby

Ecology of anemonefishes (November 1997)

*Michael Arvedlund (James Cook University, Townsville) assisted by Lars Olsson and Ingvar Jensen

Factors influencing egg production rates in reef fishes (November 1997 to January 1998)

Dr Brigid Kerrigan (James Cook University, Townsville) assisted by Renae Partridge

Maternal and environmental factors controlling larval quality and survivorship (November 1997 to January 1998)

Dr Brigid Kerrigan (James Cook University, Townsville) assisted by Renae Partridge and accompanied by Greg Suosaari and Jeff Lane

Metabolism of reef fishes and squid (November/ December 1997)

Dr Mark McCormick and Dr Natalie Moltschaniwskyj (James Cook University, Townsville) assisted by Bridget Green and Ross Thomas

Larval fish behaviour (November/ December 1997)

Dr Jeff Leis, Brooke Carson Ewart and Di Bray (Australian Museum, Sydney)

Recruitment processes influencing larval settlement of corals (November/ December 1997)

Dr Andrew Heyward, Dr Andrew Negri (Australian Institute of Marine Science, Karratha), Dr Russell Hill (Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville) and Dr Bob Seamark (CRC for Advanced Reproductive Technologies, Adelaide), assisted by Tina Negri

Reproductive strategy in fragmented populations of Pemphis acidula (December 1997)

Prof. Jacques de Sloover (Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium) assisted by Dr Marc Dufrene

Diet evaluation of herbivorous reef fish (December 1997)

*David Crossman (University of Auckland, New Zealand) assisted by Dr Kendall Clements

Anthropogenic impacts on seabirds (transfer to Rocky Islets study site) (December 1997)

Assistants to Dr Emma Gyuris (James Cook University, Townsville): Dr Barry Goldman (accompanied by Ayla Goldman and Rhianna Willis) and Jane White

Long-term monitoring of giant clam populations (December 1997/ January 1998)

Dr David Phillips (Fenviron, UK) assisted by Jackie Robinson

Do cleaner fish "farm" parasites? (December 1997 to February 1998)

Dr Lexa Grutter (University of Queensland, Brisbane) assisted by Mark Johnson, Carley Bansemer and Maya Srinivasan

Effectiveness of a long-term program of crown-of-thorns starfish eradication on patch reefs (all year)

Dr Lyle Vail and Dr Anne Hoggett (Lizard Island Research Station) assisted by Lance Pearce, Marianne Pearce, Bob Lamb, Ben Milne, Paul Johnson and many others.


Dr Anne Hoggett , Director, Lizard Island Research Station
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