Founded in 1973, the Australian Museum's Lizard Island Research Station (LIRS) has studied reef ecologies and the impacts of climate change for fifty years. In such an isolated place, dedication to research on the reef becomes a lifestyle, and fieldwork is ongoing, through rain, hail, or shine.

This year we celebrate 50 years of the AM’s LIRS, a globally-recognised research station devoted to understanding the incredible scale and structure of the Great Barrier Reef which can be seen from space. Thousands of international marine scientists from all over the world have been trained on or conducted valuable research on Lizard Island. Around 100 research projects are annually conducted by some 400 scientists and support personnel – what a place to discover and learn! In the past half century 2,700 scientific publications have been produced from work conducted at LIRS with film crews regularly using it as a base for quality climate engagement documentaries, opening minds with arresting visuals that move us to act.

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