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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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02 Mar 2021
Half a trillion corals: world-first coral count prompts rethink of extinction risks

Half a trillion corals: world-first coral count prompts rethink of extinction risks

For the first time, scientists have assessed how many corals there are in the Pacific Ocean—and evaluated their risk of extinction. While the answer to “how many coral speci...

18 Feb 2021
Fish diet heats up marine biodiversity hotspot

Fish diet heats up marine biodiversity hotspot

Scientists have discovered a never-before-seen biodiversity pattern of coral reef fishes that suggests some fishes might be exceptionally vulnerable to environmental change. A n...

02 Feb 2021
Much to glean when times are rough

Much to glean when times are rough

Scientists say stable seafood consumption amongst the world’s poorer coastal communities is linked to how local habitat characteristics influence fishing at different times of th...

27 Jan 2021
Reef fish futures foretold

Reef fish futures foretold

An international group of scientists is predicting markedly different outcomes for different species of coral reef fishes under climate change – and have made substantial progres...

12 Jan 2021
Future too warm for baby sharks

Future too warm for baby sharks

New research has found as climate change causes the world’s oceans to warm, baby sharks are born smaller, exhausted, undernourished and into environments that are already difficu...

03 Dec 2020
Coasts drown as coral reefs collapse under warming & acidification

Coasts drown as coral reefs collapse under warming & acidification

A new study shows the coastal protection coral reefs currently provide will start eroding by the end of the century, as the world continues to warm and the oceans acidify. A tea...

24 Nov 2020
Bright spots take out top science prize

Bright spots take out top science prize

A team of scientists led by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) won one of the nation’s top science awards at tonight’s ‘Oscars of Australian scie...

19 Nov 2020
International team assesses climate risks to African cultural heritage

International team assesses climate risks to African cultural heritage

An analytical tool will be used to assess the climate risks facing historic World Heritage sites in Africa—the ruins of two great 13th century ports and the remains of a palace a...

04 Nov 2020
Crown-of-thorns eat themselves out of house & home

Crown-of-thorns eat themselves out of house & home

A world-first study on the Great Barrier Reef shows crown-of-thorns starfish have the ability to find their own way home—a behaviour previously undocumented—but only if their n...

29 Oct 2020
Leaving more big fish in the sea reduces CO2 emissions

Leaving more big fish in the sea reduces CO2 emissions

An international team of scientists has found leaving more big fish in the sea reduces the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) released into the Earth’s atmosphere. When a fish die...

28 Oct 2020
Scientists discover a 500-metre-tall coral reef on the Great Barrier Reef

Scientists discover a 500-metre-tall coral reef on the Great Barrier Reef

Australian scientists have discovered a massive detached coral reef just off Cape York on the Great Barrier Reef that’s taller than the Empire State Building or the Sydney Tower....

14 Oct 2020
The Great Barrier Reef has lost half its corals

The Great Barrier Reef has lost half its corals

A new study of the Great Barrier Reef shows populations of its small, medium and large corals have all declined in the past three decades. Lead author Dr Andy Dietzel, from 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