The Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation

Proudly supporting science at the Australian Museum's Lizard Island Research Station and elsewhere on the Great Barrier Reef.

Lizard Island Surroundings 3

Lizard Island Surroundings 3
Photographer: Anne Hoggett © Australian Museum

Since its inception in 1978, The Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation has raised more than $10.7 million to support science on the Reef. A 2013 publication, Lizard Island Research - a Partnership outlines the history of the relationship between the Australian Museum and the Foundation.

The Research Station is seeking to sustain its current operations, expand its Fellowships & Grants program, enhance its function as a Biodiversity Hub and further energise its engagement with science students and visitors.

You can support these and other projects by making a donation. Donations are tax-deductible in Australia.

The Foundation recognises several levels of support:

  1. Friends who have given up to $999 in the current or previous financial year
  2. Members who have given $1,000 or more in the current or previous financial year. Some Members also donate in the names of their children and grandchildren. Some give larger amounts to fund specific fellowships or particular capital items such as research vessels, laboratories, aquaria and solar power installations.
  3. Life Members who have given $100,000 or more, or who have pledged to give this amount over a period of up to five years. We are fortunate to have a number of wonderful supporters who have become Life Members. 
  4. Patrons are appointed by the Foundation's board of trustees in recognition of their substantial contributions to the affairs of the Foundation.

Current supporters receive an annual newsletter to keep them in touch with the Research Station's activities and developments. As well, they are welcome to tour the Research Station when they visit Lizard Island.

Each year, the Foundation hosts events in Sydney and Melbourne to update donors on the state of the Reef and how their funds are being put to good use. Donors of $100 or more can win a 3-night stay at the fabulous Lizard Island Resort,

For more on the Foundation, see


The late Sir John Proud


Andrew Green
Des Griffin AM
Raymond Kirby AO
Jacqueline Loomis
The Ian Potter Foundation
Robert Purves AM
Frank Talbot AM
Thyne Reid Foundation

Trustee Emeritus

Kenneth Coles AM
James Bildner (USA)


Kate Hayward, Chair
Charlie Shuetrim AM, Chair, Appeal Committee
David Armstrong
Greer Banyer
Dr Penny Berents, Chair, Science Committee
Belinda Gibson
Chris Joscelyne
Wendy King
James Kirby
Prof Lynne Madden
Kim McKay AO
Heather Power
Robert Purves AM
David Shannon
Graham Sherry OAM
Dr Geoff Shuetrim
Helen Wellings

Science Committee

Dr Penny Berents, Chair
Charlie Shuetrim AM
Prof Lynne Madden
Dr Rebecca Johnson
Dr Lyle Vail AM
Dr Anne Hoggett AM

Australian Museum scientists Dr Shane Ahyong and Dr Amanda Reid provide valuable advice to the Science Committee.

Supporters of the Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation

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Dr Anne Hoggett , Director, Lizard Island Research Station
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