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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

19 Apr 2018
Global warming is transforming the Great Barrier Reef

Global warming is transforming the Great Barrier Reef

A new study published online today in Nature shows that corals on the northern Great Barrier Reef experienced a catastrophic die-off following the extended marine heatwave of 2016....

06 Apr 2018
Coral bleaching threatens the diversity of reef fish

Coral bleaching threatens the diversity of reef fish

New research reveals that global warming also affects fish who depend on corals. The Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is revered for its kaleidoscope of colour. New international resea...

03 Apr 2018
Coral reefs protect coasts from severe storms

Coral reefs protect coasts from severe storms

Coral reefs can naturally protect coasts from tropical cyclones by reducing the impact of large waves before they reach the shore, according to scientists. Tropical cyclones wre...

21 Mar 2018
Hunting squid slowed by rising carbon levels

Hunting squid slowed by rising carbon levels

Scientists have found that high carbon dioxide levels cause squid to bungle attacks on their prey. PhD candidate Blake Spady from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Stu...

21 Feb 2018
Study exposes misperception of poaching on the GBR and its remedy

Study exposes misperception of poaching on the GBR and its remedy

New research has revealed the tiny minority of fishers who poach on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) think the illegal practice is justified, because they believe “everyone else is d...

29 Jan 2018
Coral reefs are in trouble – how can people adapt?

Coral reefs are in trouble – how can people adapt?

An international team of scientists has developed a strategy to boost people’s ability to adapt to climate change, revealed in a new study published today in the prestigious jour...

26 Jan 2018
Plastics linked to disease in coral

Plastics linked to disease in coral

An international team led by a JCU scientist has found that contact with plastic waste massively increases the chance of disease in corals. Dr Joleah Lamb, from the ARC Centre o...

05 Jan 2018
The window for saving the world’s coral reefs is rapidly closing

The window for saving the world’s coral reefs is rapidly closing

The world’s reefs are under siege from global warming, according to a novel study published today in the prestigious journal Science. For the first time, an international team...

22 Dec 2017
Taking stock of a thorny issue: 30 years of COTS research on the GBR

Taking stock of a thorny issue: 30 years of COTS research on the GBR

A new book exploring the best scientific research on preventing coral-eating Crown-Of-Thorns Starfish (COTS) outbreaks, is expected to become a critical resource for informing mana...

08 Dec 2017
Disappearing sea snakes surprise researchers with hidden genetic diversity

Disappearing sea snakes surprise researchers with hidden genetic diversity

New research suggests an urgent need to find out why sea snakes are disappearing from known habitats, after it was discovered some seemingly identical sea snake populations are act...

15 Nov 2017
Study urges global-change researchers to embrace variability

Study urges global-change researchers to embrace variability

Scientists typically make every effort to keep all factors but one constant when doing an experiment. Global-change scientists might move a coral from a reef to an aquarium whose w...

03 Nov 2017
Research examines impact of coral bleaching on Western Australia’s coastline

Research examines impact of coral bleaching on Western Australia’s coastline

Researchers from The University of Western Australia (UWA), ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE), and Western Australian Marine Science Institution have exa...

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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