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 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 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 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

Available Dec 2015

Hello, My name is Elodie, I have 33 years old and i’m a French marine biologist who works at the University of Marseille (South of France, Mediterranean Sea). For personal reasons I take sabbatical period and I plan to go in Australia. I research volunteer possibilities in marine research station. I have a master degree in marine science since 2006. I am a scuba diver (~700 dives). I have level 3 in French federation (dive until 60 m depth) and I’m rescue diver at SSI. In my job I dive : visual census, sampling, survey, etc., fauna and flora. I work about MPA problematic (fish, fishing, benthic survey), artificial reefs (fish and benthic), seagrass. I have a boat license and I know first aid (emergency qualification – O2, reassure the casualty, recovery position- at French civil protection). About personal habits and abilities, I know french cooking, I like music, I do photography, I don’t smoke. My profile can interest you and/or your staff for helping in marine sampling/survey at the research station. I don’t try to be paid but a free housing. I’m available in December. I look forward to hearing from you. Registered 10 September 2015

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

Information about the research volunteer program

Dr Anne Hoggett , Director, Lizard Island Research Station
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