Cyclone Ita cuts our Lizard Island field trip short :(

Bob Warner and Elizabeth in between dives at one of our field sites in the lagoon at Lizard Island.

Pre-cyclone fun…Bob Warner and Elizabeth in between dives at one of the field sites in the lagoon at Lizard Island.

Bob Warner wrangling one of the model predators (thanks, Mark McCormick!!).

Bob Warner wrangling one of the model predators (thanks, Mark McCormick!!) before setting it off on the underwater pulley system to scare smaller fish.

Cycle Ita passed recently right over Lizard Island (far north Great Barrier Reef, Australia) where Elizabeth and colleagues Prof. Bob Warner (University of California, Santa Barbara), Dr. Isabel Downs, and Dr. Josh Madin (Macquarie University) were working on an Australian Research Council-funded collaborative project with Dr. Lexa Grutter (University of Queensland) to look at the effects of cleaner wrasses on changing predation risk for bystander species. Sadly, much of the island’s infrastructure was destroyed, however the Lizard Island Research Station fortuitously survived the cycle largely intact. Fortunately, we got a solid week and a half of work in before the evacuation…

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