Current Research Volunteers

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

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 (mostly) to at least Jun 2016

My name is Rebecca ***, I'm completing my Masters in Protected Area Management at JCU. I'm really interested in being a research volunteer on the Lizard Island research station. I am available to volunteer pretty much any time this and next year - my course load is very light. I am available 20th Feb - 17th April and then from the 22nd April until the 30th June (possible beyond). Getting to and from Lizard Island would not be a problem for me as I live local.

I was to volunteer to increase me experience in research diving. I have quite a bit of experience already but would like to bulk up mu CV with more field experience. I am a PADI MSDT instructor and also have my ADAS Part 2 cert. I have 2000+ dives and have dived in all conditions from drift, tropical, cold water, nil vis. I have been working as an instructor on a liveaboard based out of Cairns. I have a current AS 2299 commercial medical as well as my senior first aid and O2 provider (instructor).

I have experience in coral and benthic surveys in the Caribbean as well as coral reef fish ID, sizing and counting surveys. I have also field experience conducting turtle surveys during their nesting season. I am currently working on a boat conducting photo IDing and tagging of great white sharks. I also have my QLD recreational boat licence and experience driving outboard motor boats as well as working as a deck hand on scientific and commercial boats. I completed my BSc in Marine Biology at Flinders University and am currently studying as JCU (as stated above). A number of times I have lived in remote areas including islands so I am familiar with restrictions associated and comfortable with very basic living conditions and happy to share cooking and cleaning roles! I'm also a non smoker. Registered 20 Oct 2015

Available all 2016

Hi, my name is Tracey ***l from Brisbane. I am available from January 2016 to December 2016. Due to work redundancy I have decided to take 12 months to gain hands on research experience. I have just graduated from Southern Cross University with a dual degree in Environmental Science and Marine Science and Management. I believe hands on experience would greatly enhance my chances to gain employment in the marine field.

I am a fully qualified Divemaster with 600+ dives. A lot of my diving has been along the east coast of Queensland from Lady Elliot Island, Herron Island, Ribbon Reefs and Osprey Reef. I have also dived on coral reefs in PNG, Indonesia such as Komodo and Raja Ampat. I have a current 2299 dive medical, first aid certificate and oxygen administration. I am familiar with some marine field work techniques and have undertaken the Reef Check training on survey methods, substrate ID and impacts. I also hold a recreational boating licence. My previous employment was administration based on fly in / fly out construction projects so I am equipped to deal with remote locations and working in a team environment to ensure a successful project outcome. No task is to great or small, I will buck in wherever required. Please let me know if there is an opportunity to assist. Registered 4 Jan 2016

Available Feb to Aug 2016

My name is Rosy. I am a Scottish marine biology graduate with diving experience and marine research experience. I am currently travelling Australia in between placements and would love to get involved in the work done at lizard island! I have always wanted to work in conservation efforts on the great barrier reef and am really interested to see how research is conducted in Australia when compared to working with NGOs in less developed countries. I am available from the start of February 2016 to at least June but most probably up until August 2016.

I am a certified divemaster (with roughly 200 dives) and have experience diving in Scotland and throughout Asia. I have a valid EFR, 02 provider qualification and have previously been employed as a divemaster. I would happily obtain a diving medical if I were accepted onto the research station. I have a variety of field experience, from working on fishing vessels and labs in Scotland, coral gardening and conservation in Thailand to working within an NGO in the Philippines for a substantial period studying whale shark populations. I understand the huge work effort that will be required and am a very enthusiastic individual to work with. I am a non-smoker, can cook, clean and really enjoy working within a tight knit community. Registered 19 Jan 2016

Available throughout 2016

My name is Michael, I am currently studying for an MSc in Marine Biology and Ecology at James Cook University in Townsville. I have recently been to Lizard Island Research Station for my own research as part of a minor project and am hopeful to return to assist other researchers in order to gain more field experience.

I have the following up-to-date qualifications:
- Registered as a LIRS and JCU scuba diver and dinghy operator
- First aid/O2/CPR provider
- Recreational Marine Boating License
- PADI and AQF Rescue Diver (132 dives)
- AS 2299 Dive Medical
- Driving license (so I can drive the Polaris)
- Full set of dive equipment (serviced)

...And I am pretty good at cooking!

I am available throughout 2016 however please get in contact to check immediate availabilities. Registered 5 Mar 2016

Available during 2016 uni breaks as listed below

My name is Tracy. I am a Canadian citizen completing my Master of Science in Marine Biology & Ecology at JCU in Townsville. I am available to volunteer during university breaks, which fall on the following dates: 16/04/2016 through 24/04/2016, 28/05/2016 through 03/06/2016, 18/06/2016 through 26/06/2016 and 11/07/2016 through 24/07/2016.

I am seeking field and lab experience. I am a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (PADI #333955) with over 700 dives (600+ dives on coral reefs) and I have experience conducting coral and fish ID surveys. I have a current AS 2299 dive medical and a Queensland Boat Licence, with a combined 13 months experience driving small boats in variable ocean conditions.

Other qualifications: HLTAID007 Provide Advanced Resuscitation (March 2016) HLTAID001 Provide CPR (March 2016) Wilderness First Responder (St. Martin, Netherlands Antilles, 2015) HLTFA311A Apply First Aid (March 2014) I have a combined 16 months experience living and working at field stations in remote areas, I enjoy cooking and I am a non smoker. Registered 14 Mar 2016

Available to end Aug 2016

My name is Julien. I'm from Canada and currently on a working holiday visa in Australia. I'll be available to volunteer as a research assistant between July 21st and August 30th of 2016, reason being I finish work near Cairns in mid July and have a gap before a volunteer job on a dive expedition boat in September.

The reason for my interest is very simple: this volunteer work unites two of my main passions in life: biology and diving. I have a B.SC. in Biology and a M.SC. in Ecology, and I'm a PADI Dive master with 160 logged dives. All my dives have been done in tropical water around coral reefs in Panama, Belize, Mexico, Thailand, and Australia (Ningaloo Reef and GBR). I have a basic first aid and CPR certification with the Canadian Red Cross valid until 2017. If I get a spot on a research team, I'll get an AS 2299 dive medical in Australia before the trip and the extra training in terms of first aid and medical oxygen administration if necessary.

As for my scientific background, I have worked on a few different projects in the fields of plant ecology and wildlife conservation (field and lab work). My experience is mainly related to terrestrial ecology but I have taken part in a short coral reef study training in 2013 in Mexico as part of my Master's degree program. Besides, I've got a good understanding of the sampling process in general and I am a fast learner. Even if the sampling methods differ from terrestrial to marine ecology, the concept stays the same and consistency is always the key.

Finally, I have never lived on a small island per se but have lived in remote locations where life compares easily to that of an island. I consider myself a pretty decent cook who can improvise with whatever is available in the fridge (either vegetarian or not), am a non-smoker, an experienced traveller, and an easy going person who adapts to all sorts of situations. Hope to hear from you! Registered 23 May 2016

Information about the research volunteer program

Dr Anne Hoggett , Director, Lizard Island Research Station
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