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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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05 Sep 2017
Global ‘community’ rallies for the Reef

Global ‘community’ rallies for the Reef

Who cares about the Great Barrier Reef? Many people, and according to a paper published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, some of the most passi...

01 Sep 2017
Can corals survive climate change?

Can corals survive climate change?

A group of international scientists, including scientists from Australia, have issued advice that more research is urgently required to determine whether corals can acclimatise* an...

31 Aug 2017
New research delivers hope for reef fish living in a high CO2 world

New research delivers hope for reef fish living in a high CO2 world

New research examining the possible impacts of ocean acidification provides fresh hope for the survival of reef fish. Just as when a camera lens comes into focus, the latest res...

29 Aug 2017
Centre scientists assess fishing zones

Centre scientists assess fishing zones

Scientists from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University are set to study the impact of “yellow” conservation zones in the Great Barrier Ree...

31 Jul 2017
Baby reef fish can ‘sniff out’ their relatives before they hatch

Baby reef fish can ‘sniff out’ their relatives before they hatch

A recent discovery has uncovered that two species of damselfish can recognise their relatives by smell – and it’s all happening before any of them have even hatched. ...

18 Jul 2017
Risky business: exposure to oil impairs reef fish behaviour

Risky business: exposure to oil impairs reef fish behaviour

A world-first study has found that petroleum-based oil, even in small amounts, causes coral reef fishes to engage in risky behaviours, endangering both their lives and the health o...

15 Jun 2017
The Achilles heel of coral growth is high temperatures, not ocean acidification

The Achilles heel of coral growth is high temperatures, not ocean acidification

The Achilles heel of coral growth is high temperatures, not ocean acidification, according to researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and The Universit...

15 Jun 2017
Fishery history highlights substantial declines

Fishery history highlights substantial declines

A new study has ingeniously reconstructed a 103-year record of the Queensland east coast Spanish Mackerel spawning fishery, and revealed that catch rates have declined by 70 per ce...

06 Jun 2017
Lubricated fish lips help wrasses vacuum coral goodies

Lubricated fish lips help wrasses vacuum coral goodies

Scientists have discovered that a fish species has evolved highly specialised self-lubricating lips to help them feed from razor-sharp corals. Professor David Bellwood, from the...

01 Jun 2017
A brave new world for coral reefs

A brave new world for coral reefs

The future of the world’s coral reefs hangs in the balance, but it is not too late to save them, according to a major study published today in the prestigious journal, Nature. ...

23 May 2017
Lost at sea: mum and dad build homes to keep baby corals close

Lost at sea: mum and dad build homes to keep baby corals close

Coral larvae depend on their parents to create nooks and crannies for them so that they can stay, settle and re-establish after a reef has been damaged, according to new findings p...

10 Apr 2017
Two-thirds of Great Barrier Reef hit by back-to-back mass  coral bleaching

Two-thirds of Great Barrier Reef hit by back-to-back mass coral bleaching

For the second time in just 12 months, scientists have recorded severe coral bleaching across huge tracts of the Great Barrier Reef after completing aerial surveys along its entire...

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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