LIRS – Research Projects 2017

The following research projects were carried out at Lizard Island Research Station during 2017.

SENIOR SCIENTISTS AND POSTDOCS

Coral bleaching: effects on fishes
Trond Amundsen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Recovery of coral growth after bleaching across multiple scales
Kristen Anderson King, James Cook University

Exploring circadian cycles in intestinal bacteria of surgeonfish
Esther Angert, Cornell University

Post-bleaching recovery of coral populations
Andrew Baird and Andrew Hoey, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University

Repeatibility of lateralization behaviour in damselfish
Sandra Binning, University of Neuchatel, Switzerland

Long-term population dynamics of giant clams at Lizard Island
Rick Braley and Andrew Lewis, independent researchers

Cooperative and cognitive aspects of cleaning symbiosis
Redouan Bshary, University of Neuchatel, Switzerland

Temporal dynamics and response to disturbance in coral and fish communities at Lizard Island
Daniela Ceccarelli, independent researcher

Cephalopod vision - comparative neural anatomy of coastal cephalopods
Wen-Sung Chung and Justin Marshall, University of Queensland

Nutritional ecology of parrotfishes
Kendall Clements, University of Auckland, NZ
Howard Choat, James Cook University
Lindsey White, Auckland University of Technology, NZ

Reconstructing coral growth and thermal stress histories on the Great Barrier Reef
Thomas DeCarlo and Malcolm McCulloch, University of Western Australia

The effect of habitat degradation on reef fish
Maria del Mar Palacios, James Cook University

Coralline algae evolution and ocean acidification
Guillermo Diaz Pulido, Griffith University

Mutual change: Bio-ecological responses of marine cleaning mutualisms to climate change
Tiago Repolho, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Behavioural thermoregulation of coral reef fish
Jennifer Donelson, James Cook University
Rebecca Fox, University of Technology Sydney
Megan Head, Australian National University

Colour and polarization processing in stomatopods
Miriam Henze and Justin Marshall, University of Queensland

Taxonomic, phylogenetic and biogeographical studies in the mollusc families Siphonariidae, Onchidiidae and Ellobiidae
Bruce Jenkins, Australian Museum

Physiological responses to hypoxia of the Humpback Conch
Sjannie Lefevre Nilsson and Goran Nilsson, University of Oslo, Norway

High-frequency patch reef halo monitoring
Damaris Torres-Pulliza as field leader for Elizabeth Madin,  Macquarie University

Cyclone and bleaching coral recovery
Joshua Madin, Macquarie University
Maria Dornelas, University of St Andrews, UK
Andrew Baird, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University

Effects of boat noise on fishes
Mark McCormick, James Cook University
Bridie Allan, Institute of Marine Research, Norway

Fish and benthic survey of Lizard Island
Mark McCormick, James Cook University

The influence of reef degradation on predator-prey interactions
Mark McCormick, James Cook University
Doug Chivers and Maud Ferrari, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Effect of habitat degradation and chemical alarm cues on fast-start escape performance in fish schools
Lauren Nadler, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA

Impacts of motorboat noise on coral reef fish reproduction and survival
Sophie Nedelec and Steve Simpson, University of Exeter, UK

Coralline algae evolution and ocean acidification
Alexandra Ordonez Alvarez and Guillermo Diaz-Pulido, Griffith University
Catriona Hurd, Australian National University

Seagrass and herbivore interactions
Michael Rasheed and Paul York, James Cook University

Coral communities at Lizard Island following cyclones and bleaching
Zoe Richards, Curtin University

To what extent do fish voluntarily exert themselves to obtain prey?
Dominique Roche, University of Neuchatel, Switzerland
Tim Clark, University of Tasmania

Estimation of coral ecosystem calcification following a bleaching event
Isaac Santos and Anna Scott, Southern Cross University

Finding Nemo's personalities
Anna Scott, Southern Cross University
Marian Wong, University of Wollongong

Evaluating the environmental impact of sunscreens (extension of Port Phillip Bay project)
Jeff Shimeta as field leader for Andrew Ball, RMIT University

The role of micropredators and cleaning behaviour in coral reef fish communities
Paul Sikkel, Arkansas State University
Alexandra Grutter, University of Queensland
with Derek Sun, Genevieve Phillips and Pauline Narvaez as field leaders

Lizard Island Archaeological Project
Sean Ulm, Christian Reepmeyer and Karen Joyce, James Cook University
Ian McNiven, Monash University

Testing eDNA as a new monitoring tool for early detection of Crown-of-Thorns Starfish outbreaks
Sven Uthicke, Australian Institute of Marine Science

Effects of bleaching on giant clams
Sue-Ann Watson, James Cook University

Remote sensing using UAVs to map coral reef habitat
Lindsey White, Auckland University of Technology, NZ

POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH STUDENTS

Long-term Aboriginal resource use on the Great Barrier Reef (PhD)
Samantha Aird, James Cook University


Ecological interactions between crustose coralline algae and early life stages of seaweeds and corals (PhD)
Luis Gomez, Griffith University

Effect of coral degradation on chemical alarm cue response in coral fishes (Hons)
Randall Barry, James Cook University

Short-term physiological responses of striated surgeonfish Ctenochaetus striatus during interactions with the cleaner wrasse Labroides dimidiatus (MSc)
Antoine Baud, University of Neuchatel, Switzerland


Biological traits responsible for acclimation/adaptation of coralline algae to ocean acidification (PhD)
Ellie Bergstrom, Griffith University

Spatial surveys of reef fish (PhD)
Nader Boutros, University of Sydney

Coral reef niche construction: quantifying patterns (PhD)
Viviana Brambilla, University of St Andrews, UK

Estimation of coral ecosystem calcification following a bleaching event (PhD)
Kaycee Davis, Southern Cross University

The influence of bleaching on auditory preferences of coral reef fish (PhD)
Tim Gordon, University of Exeter, UK

The effect of increasing temperature on fish-seaweed interactions on coral reefs (PhD)
Alexia Graba-Landry, James Cook University

Seeing and responding to colour signals (PhD)
Naomi Green, University of Queensland

Highly contrasting outlines increase detectability by predators (MSc)
Emily Guevara with supervisor Karen Cheney, University of Queensland

The role of macroalgae and their different carbon uptake strategies (PhD)
Maureen Ho, Griffith University

Effect of vessel noise on coral reef fish (MSc)
Sofia Jain-Schlaepfer, James Cook University

Fear in fish: quantifying risk effects behaviour in coral reef fish (PhD)
Emily Lester, University of Western Australia, with supervisor Mark Meekan, Australian Institute of Marine Science

Canopy-forming macroalgae on coral reefs: dynamics and herbivory (PhD)
Zoe Loffler, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University

Visual ecology of cardinalfishes (PhD)
Martin Luehrmann, University of Queensland

Fish work: a collection of poems (PhD)
Caitlin Maling, University of Sydney

Impacts of motorboat noise on reproduction in Pomacentrus amboinensis (PhD)
Kieran McCloskey, University of Exeter

The pulse of a coral reef: using acoustic survey as a tool for monitoring coral reef ecosystems in a changing climate
Jamie McWilliam, Curtin University

The thermal ecology and physiology of mobile reef fishes (Hons)
Patrick Monarca, University of Technology Sydney

Structural complexity effects on fish productivity over multiple spatial scales: the influence of cyclone damage and massive bleaching events (PhD)
Renato Morais Araujo, James Cook University

Transcriptomic responses to future environmental changes in crustose coralline algae from different evolutionary histories (PhD)
Tessa Page, Griffith University

Mutual change: Bio-ecological responses of marine cleaning mutualisms to climate change (PhD)
Jose Paula University of Lisbon, Portugal

Interannual repeatability of intra-individual variation in cooperation levels by adult Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse (MSc)
Melvyn Staiff University of Neuchatel, Switzerland

Benthic feeding video grids (PhD)
Robert Streit, James Cook University

Effects of coral loss on reproductive biology and population viability of butterflyfishes (MSc)
Cassandra Thompson with supervisor Morgan Pratchett, James Cook University

A multi-scale approach for quantifying habitat complexity of coral reef from space (PhD)
Damaris Torres-Pulliza, Macquarie University

Cleaners' strategic sophistication after El Nino (PhD)
Zegni Triki University of Neuchatel, Switzerland

Luminance detection and discrimination thresholds in the Picasso Triggerfish (PhD)
Cedric Van Den Berg, University of Queensland

Modification of Fucoida by the hindgut microbes of seaweed-eating fish (PhD)
Loretta White University of Auckland, NZ

Cyclone mapping project - coral recruitment on mapped sites (PhD)
Rachael Woods, Macquarie University

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH STUDENTS

The fine-scale feeding selectivity of herbivorous fishes on Sargassum and Turbinaria ornata on the Great Barrier Reef
Melina Keighron, School for International Training, USA

Coral bleaching and the effects of disturbances on the damselfish community at Lizard Island, Australia
Alejandra Munoz, School for International Training, USA

The growth and herbivory of Sargassum propagules across habitats of a Lizard Island reef

Claire Murphy, School for International Training, USA

The impact of boat noise on the early development and survival of Acanthochromis polyacanthus
Maggie Travis, School for International Training, USA

Gnathiid isopods morphological development and feeding habits according to their temporal activities (diurnal vs. nocturnal)
Jess Vorse, School for International Training, USA

 

 


Dr Anne Hoggett , Director, Lizard Island Research Station
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