Current Research Volunteers

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

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 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

Available Aug 2016 to Feb 2017

I'm interested in getting involved with research programs that are run from Lizard Island. My name is Aneata and I am from Cairns, Australia. I am available from August 2016 to February 2017 as I am between work. I am  Master Scuba Diver Training and have done many dives on the Great Barrier Reef (2000+) working as an instructor. I have always had great interest in the ocean and the reef ecosystems and would love to get into the research side. I understand the LIRS diving regulations and if accepted into a research team I would easily be able to obtain everything necessary. I am a non-smoker and vegetarian. Thank you, Aneata. Registered 15 Aug 2016

Available Oct to Dec 2016 and Feb to Apr 2017

My name is Anna *** and I’m writing to express my interest in volunteering as a research volunteer at Lizard Island. I am a University of New South Wales Graduation (BSc Marine Science; Honours first class) and have been working in Europe for the past year. I am planning to return to Australia in October and would love to gain some experience working at a research station; particularly one on the Great Barrier Reef.

I hold an open water divers certificate and have 30+ hours of diving. I am aware that more diving experience would be preferable, but I am keen to build my diving experience and I am willing to obtain an AS 2299 dive medical and undertake supplementary dive courses, such as the training and certification of first aid and medical oxygen administration, as you may see fit. What I lack in diving experience I make up for with experience in cataloguing samples, recording data and analysing results, which I have gained while at University in both my undergraduate and honours degree. I have experience using DIDSON sonars and can use ‘R’ and MatLab to a high standard. I have assisted with research analysis into heavy metals in Botany Bay and sampling of fish in Sydney Harbour to assess the presence of macro plastics in the food chain. My own hounours research looked into coastal geomorphology, but I believe that is highly relevant to coastal biodiversity, particularly in reef environments.

I am a quick learner and I generally only need to be shown how to do something once before I am capable of replicating it. I am available from the 20th of October through to the 24th of December 2016 and I will be available once more early next year (February – April 2017). Along with my formal qualifications, I have worked in a number of team support roles and I believe I would make a strong addition to your station team. I’m 30 years old and I can bring a diligent, hard working attitude while remaining laid back and I am easy to live/work with. I have spent the best part of my 20’s studying and travelling, and I understand the level of detail needed in scientific studies, which can lead to long hours in close quarters. Many of my previous employments were contracts in television production and summer camps, which involved working in high intensity, team environments for four-six weeks. I have always enjoyed these experiences and have built strong and lasting relationships through these employments. I enjoy working in a team environment but I also work well on my own, without supervision. I have experience cooking for large numbers of people, I will muck in and help wherever I can and I am quite good at motivating people in team environments. Aside from this, I am also really keen to gain some experience and utilise the skills I learnt at university in a real world setting. Registered 3 Sep 2016

Information about the research volunteer program

Dr Anne Hoggett , Director, Lizard Island Research Station
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