Fellows and Grant Recipients

The Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation and its donors support numerous research programs at Lizard Island. 

The Foundation's Science Committee and the Australian Museum award the following Fellowships and Grants:

  • Lizard Island Doctoral Fellowship
  • Ian Potter Doctoral Fellowship at Lizard Island
  • Isobel Bennett Marine Biology Fellowship
  • John and Laurine Proud Fellowship
  • Yulgilbar Foundation Fellowship
  • Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation Fellowship
  • Crown-of-Thorns Starfish Research Grant
  • Plastic Pollution Research Grant

Internships are also supported by the Foundation to provide training and experience for excellent undergraduate students of marine science.

The Peter Teakle Sustainable Fishing Grants were also awarded in 2012 and 2013.  

Lizard Island Doctoral Fellowship

Members of the Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation provide the funding for this Fellowship for PhD students. Each Fellowship runs for up to three years.

2018 Claudio Brandao University of Aveiro, Portugal
2018 Jose Paula University of Lisbon, Portugal
2018 Robert Streit James Cook University
2018 Zegni Triki University of Neuchatel, Switzerland
2017 Renato Morais Araujo James Cook University
2017 Alexia Graba-Landry James Cook University
2016 Jamie McWilliam Curtin University
2015 Not awarded  
2014 Lauren Nadler James Cook University
2013 Hanne Thoen University of Queensland
2013 Fabio Cortesi University of Basel, Switzerland, & University of Queensland
2012 Sharon Wismer University of Neuchatel, Switzerland
2012 Justin Welsh James Cook University
2011 F. Joseph Pollock James Cook University & AIMS
2010 Chris Goatley James Cook University
2009 Rebecca Fox James Cook University
2008 Roberta Bonaldo James Cook University
2008 Jacob Johanssen James Cook University
2007 Tom Holmes James Cook University
2007 Michael Holcomb Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., USA
2007 Adel Heenan University of Edinburgh, UK
2006 Nicole Patten Southern Cross University
2005 Marian Wong James Cook University
2005 Stefan Walker James Cook University
2004 Cathie Page James Cook University
2003 Line Bay James Cook University
2003 Chris Fulton James Cook University
2002 Justine Becker University of Queensland
2001 Heather Patterson James Cook University
2001 Rebecca Fisher James Cook University
2000 Ulrike Siebeck University of Queensland
1999 Jackie Wolstenholme James Cook University
1998 Nick Gust James Cook University
1997 Andrew Baker University of Miami, USA
1997 Phil Munday James Cook University
1996 Bryce Stewart James Cook University
1995 Ilona Stobutzki James Cook University
1994 Vicki Hall James Cook University
1992 Dirk Zeller James Cook University
1991 Alexandra Grutter James Cook University
1991 Vicki Nelson James Cook University
1991 Alison Green James Cook University
1990 Campbell Davies James Cook University
1989 Mark McCormick James Cook University
1988 Julian Caley University of Sydney
1987 Kendall Clements James Cook University
1986 Maria Milicich Griffith University
1985 Geoffrey Smith Griffith University
1984 Roland Pitcher Griffith University
1984 John Chisolm James Cook University

Details about fellowships for PhD students

Ian Potter Doctoral Fellowship at Lizard Island

The Ian Potter Foundation funds this Fellowship for PhD students. Each Fellowship runs for up to three years. 

2018 Viviana Brambilla University of St Andrews, UK
2017 Damaris Torres-Pulliza Macquarie University
2016 Zoe Loffler James Cook University
2015 Steve Doo University of Sydney
2015 Maria Palacios James Cook University
2014 Davina Poulos James Cook University
2013 Martina Prazeres University of Queensland
2012 Dominique Roche Australian National University
2012 Oona Lonnstedt James Cook University
2011 Sandra Binning Australian National University
2010 Darren Coker James Cook University
2009 Alicia Crawley University of Queensland
2008 Vanessa Messmer James Cook University
2007 Andrew Hoey James Cook University
2006 Lynda Curtis University of Queensland

Details about fellowships for PhD students 

Isobel Bennett Marine Biology Fellowship

The Hermon Slade Raiatea Foundation funds this Fellowship for early-career postdoctoral scientists. 

2018 Dr Kristen Anderson King ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University
2017 Dr Daniela Ceccarelli Independent researcher
2016 Dr Rebecca Fox and Dr Jennifer Donelson University of Technology Sydney and James Cook University
2015 Dr Zoe Richards  Western Australian Museum
2014 Dr Paul York & Dr Peter Macreadie James Cook University and University of Technology Sydney
2013 Dr Andrew Hoey ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University
2012 Dr Vanessa Messmer ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University
2011 Dr Stefan Walker ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University
2009 Dr Megan Porter University of Maryland Baltimore County, USA
2008 Dr Line Bay James Cook University

Details about fellowships for postdoctoral scientists

John and Laurine Proud Fellowship

The John and Laurine Proud Family Trust Estate funds this Fellowship for early-career postdoctoral scientists.

2018 Dr Daniela Pica Universita Politecnica delle Marche, Italy
2017 Dr Thomas DeCarlo ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at University of Western Australia
2016 Dr Mike Bok Lund University, Sweden
2015 Dr Daniela Ceccarelli Independent researcher
2014 Dr Jairo Rivera Posada ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University
2013 Dr Jairo Rivera Posada ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University
2012 Dr Ashley Frisch James Cook University
2010 Dr Nichola Raihani Zoological Society of London, UK
2009 Dr Michael Berumen Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA
2008 Dr Morgan Pratchett James Cook University

 Details about fellowships for postdoctoral scientists

Yulgilbar Foundation Fellowship

The Yulgilbar Foundation funds this Fellowship. Normally it is awarded to early-career postdoctoral scientists. In 2011, it was awarded to a PhD student. 

2018 Dr Tyler Cyronak Scripps Institution of Oceanography and University of California San Diego, USA
2017 Dr Gergely Torda ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University
2016 Dr Sandra Binning and Dr Dominique Roche University of Neuchatel, Switzerland
2015 Dr Sue-Ann Watson ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University
2014 Not awarded  
2013 Dr Danielle Dixson Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
2012 Dr Shelby Temple University of Bristol, UK
2011 Dr Chris Fulton Australian National University
2011 Jessica Stella James Cook University
2010 Dr Maud Ferrari University of California Davis, USA
2009 Dr Guillermo Diaz-Pulido University of Queensland

Details about fellowships for postdoctoral scientists

Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation Fellowship

Additional fellowships are occasionally awarded thanks to funding provided by the LIRRF.

2018 Dr Chiara Pisapia and Dr Steve Doo California State University Northridge, USA
2017 Dr Zoe Richards Curtin University
2015 Dr Jodie Rummer ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University

 Details about fellowships for postdoctoral scientists

Crown-of-Thorns Starfish Research Grant

The Ian Potter Foundation funds grants for innovative research aimed at controlling Crown-of-Thorns Starfish (COTS) populations.

2018 Dr Fredereike Kroon Australian Institute of Marine Science
2018 Prof Maria Byrne and Assoc Prof Jonathan Allen University of Sydney and College of William and Mary,  USA
2018 Dr Sven Uthicke Australian Institute of Marine Science
2017 Prof Morgan Pratchett ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studeis at James Cook University
2017 Ciemon Caballes ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University
2016 Prof Morgan Pratchett ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University
2016 Prof Morgan Pratchett and Dr Vanessa Messmer ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University
2016 Dr Sven Uthicke Australian Institute of Marine Science
2015 Prof Maria Byrne and others University of Sydney
2015 Zara-Louise Cowan ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University
2015 Dr Vanessa Messmer and Prof Morgan Pratchett ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University
2015 Prof Morgan Pratchett and Ciemon Caballes ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University
2015 Lisa Bostrom Einarsson James Cook University

Details about Crown-of-Thorns Starfish Research Grants

Peter Teakle Sustainable Fishing Research Grant

The Teakle Foundation funded this grant to investigate sustainable recreational line fishing practices in tropical marine fish. This program has now concluded.

The 2013 grant was awarded to Dr Timothy Clark (Australian Institute of Marine Science), Dr Steven Cooke (Carleton University, Canada), Dr Andrew Tobin (Fishing and Fisheries Research Centre, James Cook University), and Prof Morgan Pratchett and Dr Vanessa Messmer (both of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University).

The 2012 grant was awarded to Dr Timothy Clark (Australian Institute of Marine Science), Dr Steven Cooke (Carleton University, Canada), Dr Vanessa Messmer and Prof Morgan Pratchett (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University), and Andrew Tobin (Fishing and Fisheries Research Centre, James Cook University).

Plastic Pollution Research Grant

The Rossi Foundation funds this grant to investigate the effects of plastic waste on coral reefs.

2018 Dr Bridie Allan  Institute of Marine Science, Norway
2018 Marina Santana  James Cook University

Details about Plastic Pollution Research Grants

Undergraduate Internships

An anonymous donor to the Foundation provides funding for these internships.

2018 Olivia Rose Deakin University
2017 Sam Wines Deakin University
2017 Eleanor Henderson University of Technology Sydney
2017 Natalie Meiklejohn University of Queensland
2017 James Mellor Deakin University

Details about Undergraduate Internships


Dr Anne Hoggett , Director, Lizard Island Research Station
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