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People and ecosystems

Understanding of the links between coral reef ecosystems, the goods and services they provide to people, and the wellbeing of human societies.

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Ecosystem dynamics: past, present and future

Examining the multi-scale dynamics of reefs, from population dynamics to macroevolution

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Responding to a changing world

Advancing the fundamental understanding of the key processes underpinning reef resilience.

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Coral Reef Studies

ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
James Cook University Townsville
Queensland 4811 Australia

Phone: 61 7 4781 4000
Email: info@coralcoe.org.au

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Latest Media Releases

Recent Media Releases

09 Mar 2022
Concerns as development threatens reefs

Concerns as development threatens reefs

A new study has delivered a stark warning about the impacts of urban growth on the world’s coral reefs. As coastal developments expand at pace around the world, a year-long stud...

02 Feb 2022
No escape as new data shows coral everywhere face catastrophe

No escape as new data shows coral everywhere face catastrophe

Alarming new research shows global warming of 1.5°C relative to pre-industrial levels will be catastrophic for almost all coral reefs – including those once thought of as refuge...

20 Jan 2022
The future for sharks: adapt, move, or die

The future for sharks: adapt, move, or die

A new study suggests sharks will need to adapt, move or die as climate change could soon render their nurseries uninhabitable. Baby sharks rely on coastal nursery-like spaces such...

18 Nov 2021
Our scientists scoop up national awards

Our scientists scoop up national awards

Scientists from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) this week received two prestigious awards for their interdisciplinary work on solving environmental ...

18 Nov 2021
Coral identity crisis

Coral identity crisis

Researchers have found a new way to distinguish and identify coral species—providing crucial information to help manage coral reefs in a warming world. Co-author Professor And...

05 Nov 2021
Rapid-fire climate extremes leave the Great Barrier Reef a bleached ‘checkerboard’

Rapid-fire climate extremes leave the Great Barrier Reef a bleached ‘checkerboard’

A new study reveals the impacts of multiple climate extremes on coral reefs over the past three decades, with only 2% of the Great Barrier Reef escaping bleaching in that time. Le...

03 Nov 2021
Plankton-eating fish drive fishing ‘sweet spots’

Plankton-eating fish drive fishing ‘sweet spots’

A new study has found ocean plankton and their predators are responsible for sparking ‘sweet spots’ of abundant fish in tropical coral reefs. These areas will become more impor...

01 Nov 2021
Great minds think alike to preserve iconic Australian shipwreck

Great minds think alike to preserve iconic Australian shipwreck

A new partnership brings together two disciplines of science—coral research and maritime archaeology—to map one of the most historic shipwrecks in Australian waters. SS Yong...

06 Sep 2021
Corals roll with the punches

Corals roll with the punches

A new study suggests corals may be able to cope with climate change in the coming decades better than previously thought—but will still struggle with ever-faster rates of climate...

26 Jul 2021
Measuring conservation in a way that counts

Measuring conservation in a way that counts

A new study raises questions on whether current conservation science and policy for protected areas could be saving more biodiversity—with political and economic expediency ofte...

13 Jul 2021
Banishing bandits: other countries bear the cost

Banishing bandits: other countries bear the cost

A new study reveals the strategies that stop bandits from illegally fishing in Australian waters—but warns there is a cost to the region’s poorer countries. Co-author Dr Bro...

02 Jul 2021
Leading scientists praise UNESCO’s leadership after draft decision on the Great Barrier Reef

Leading scientists praise UNESCO’s leadership after draft decision on the Great Barrier Reef

Five world-renowned scientists have signed a letter to UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay to "thank UNESCO for its leadership in recognising the threat of climate change to the...

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ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
James Cook University Townsville
Queensland 4811 Australia

Phone: 61 7 4781 4000
Email: info@coralcoe.org.au