Current Research Volunteers

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

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 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 to end 2015

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.

Available July and August 2015

My name is Erika and I am italian/french; I have currently got a working holiday visa, which allows me to stay in Australia until December 2015. I would like to be a volunteer research assistant at Lizard Island research station. My availability would be for the months of July and August 2015. I graduated in June 2014 in a Master of Marine Biology and I am now looking for some field work experience mainly. As a marine biologist I did internships in laboratories focused on how the environment affects the physiology of marine organisms; my Master thesis was based in the Coral Reef Ecosystems Lab at the University of Queensland and my work was focused on the physiological adaptations of the coral Acropora palifera. I have been involved in field trips for the identification and classification of flora and fauna in Roscoff (Biological Research Station of Roscoff, Bretagne, France). I am an Advanced Open Water Diver, I have dived on the Great Barrier Reef (Cairns, Port Douglas, Ayr), on StradBroke Island, Cook Island, Byron Bay. Most of my diving has been done along the Australian East Coast. I recently got the First Aid certificate and CPR, but if I am accepted in a research team I will obtain as well an AS 2299 dive medical and the necessary training for medical oxygen administration as required. I am a good cook, non-smoker and easy going. I have already lived in a research station for few months and I really like the atmosphere. I enjoy meeting people from other countries and getting to learn their culture. Registered 11 January 2015.

Available March 2015 to March 2016

Hi - I'm Eduardo ***, a PADI dive instructor available from March 2015 until March 2016. I've always wanted to go to Lizard Island and I'm willing to help in research so I can learn more. I have an ecotourism management degree, cook and learn fast. Please let me know if there is any open vacancy to help. Registered 20 January 2015

Available July to December 2015

I’m Benjamin *** from Hungary. I would be able to volunteer from July to December 2015. Circumstances: university holidays (passive academic year). The reason I would like to volunteer: M.Sc. biology graduate seeking field experience, diving practice. Diving experience: in June I will finish my Naui Divemaster course (I have already rescue diver certification). Most of my diving has been on coral reef of the Adriatic Sea. My scientific qualifications and experience: I graduated last year as a biologist. After that I've started the master of science postgraduate academic degree. I searched about non–ribosomal protein synthesis in the Saccharomonospora azurea bacterium. My supervisor was Dr. Fekete Csaba, the Head of Department. I worked also at the Student Goverment, as a Cultural Representative of the University. Nowadays I have an event manager, organiser job (last time I organised an university festival with 20000 guest). My special skills and qualities: I'm non-smoker, athlete (swimmer, horse rider). I love to work hard for the good aim (for the environment) and to learn languages. Registered 14 May 2015

Available late Jul to Sep 2015

My name is Kathy *** and I live in Hobart, Tasmania. I recently graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Science with Honours. I have been a qualified Scientific Diver (ADAS: AS 2815 Scientific Diver down to 30m) since December 2013. Since my qualification I have been volunteering as a scientific diver for two Phd students at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS). Both projects are focussed on the macro algae species Ecklonia. One of the students is Cayne Layton, who previously did his Honours and worked at Lizard Island. Both projects have involved the installation and removal of sediment traps, CLOD cards, sporophyte slides, light loggers, scour tiles and settlement tiles. I have also conducted photo quadrats, spotted hand fish transect surveys and macro algae density measurements using transects and quadrats. I am experienced in using epoxy resin underwater and have had experience using a pneumatic (air-powered) drill to install anchors for data recording equipment. I am also experienced in diving on Nitrox and using hand tools such as hammers and pliers underwater.

I have logged 100 dives conducting scientific research with my most recent dive in June 2015 at Fortescue Bay in southern Tasmania. Every dive has been in water temperatures ranging from 10-18 degrees and at depths ranging 12-15m. Each dive has been from a small boat (with and without dive doors). Since December 2013 I have maintained the following qualifications every year, Rescue Diver, First Aid and Medical Oxygen, Nitrox, UTas Swim Test and AS 2299 dive medical.

On field trips with both Phd students I have cooked vegetarian breakfast and dinner and often bake treats for morning and afternoon tea. I have limited experience with warmer water diving (4 recreational dives, 2 in Byron Bay and 2 in Balinese coral reefs). I am seeking to increase my experience in warm water research diving. Cayne mentioned the Lizard Island Research opportunity as I will be in Cairns from July 24th-September 2015. The Lizard Island Project sounds like the perfect place for me to gain research diving skills in warmer water and to explore an entirely new underwater ecosystem that isn't dominated by macro algae. I wouldn't consider myself a vegetarian but I only eat meat that has been ethically sourced (e.g. I know the farmer or fisherman, or I have caught it myself). I don't smoke and am very experienced at looking after myself (e.g. Many weeks experience in solo bushwalking in Tasmanian wilderness, on and off-track navigation). Registered 17 June 2015

Available Oct to Dec 2015

My name is Diletta ***, i'm an Italian 26-years-old currently residing in Spain. While studying Marine Biology and Zoology in Wales i volunteered in two Coral Reef Conservation projects in Indonesia and Madagascar, conducting Reef Check surveys and assisting resident researchers and PhD students with their work. Thanks to these experiences i realised i wanted to learn more about coral reefs and after graduating from my BSc i moved to Townsville where i enrolled in JCU's Postgraduate Diploma in Marine Biology (2012). However, due to unexpected family circumstances, i had to return to Europe after finishing JCU's program and since then i have had to set aside my studies and the possibility of a career in marine biology. That said, i haven't lost interest in coral reefs and since i will have some time off the upcoming winter i would like to keep up my field and lab skills at least through volunteer work, until i am finally able to go back to my studies. By working in the above mentioned coral reef conservation programs, and thanks to several field trips on Orpheus Island, i was able to build up considerable experience in scientific diving, teamwork and life in a research station.

I am a PADI OWS Instructor with over 300 logged dives (most of them on coral reefs, including GBR and Orpheus Island), and also an Emergency First Response Instructor and PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor. If my volunteering application gets accepted i will make sure i obtain an AS 2299 dive medical in Australia prior to the trip. I'm a healthy person: i don't smoke, i'm a vegetarian, i practice lots of yoga, i swim and i try to be as environmentally friendly as i can. Thanks to my italian genes i'm a great (vegetarian) chef and of course i love cooking! Registered 30 June 2015

Information about the research volunteer program


Dr Anne Hoggett , Director, Lizard Island Research Station
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