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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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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...

03 Apr 2017
Reef-building algae adjusts internal chemistry in response to climate change

Reef-building algae adjusts internal chemistry in response to climate change

Researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) have discovered that coralline algae, critical for the formation and maintenance of coral reefs, is...

23 Mar 2017
Lack of staffing, funds hamper marine-protected areas

Lack of staffing, funds hamper marine-protected areas

A widespread lack of funds and personnel are preventing marine protected areas from reaching their full potential, reveals a new global study involving researchers from the ARC Cen...

16 Mar 2017
Scientists mobilise as bleaching resumes on Great Barrier Reef

Scientists mobilise as bleaching resumes on Great Barrier Reef

Coral researchers are remobilising to conduct aerial and underwater surveys along the Great Barrier Reef and elsewhere in Australia as coral bleaching reappears for the second year...

16 Feb 2017
Deep reefs offer no ‘lifeline’ for shallow coral

Deep reefs offer no ‘lifeline’ for shallow coral

A new study argues we should not count on deep coral reefs as a “lifeline” for shallow reefs. Often highlighted as important ecological refuges, deep sections of coral reefs...

01 Feb 2017
Acid trip makes clumsy cone snails miss their prey

Acid trip makes clumsy cone snails miss their prey

Deadly cone snails are too clumsy to catch their prey when exposed to the levels of ocean acidification expected under predicted climate change, according to new research published...

22 Dec 2016
Magnetic force pulls baby reef fish back home

Magnetic force pulls baby reef fish back home

Baby reef fish have an internal magnetic ‘compass’ that directs them home at night, world-first research has revealed. Professor Mike Kingsford from the ARC Centre of Excell...

20 Dec 2016
Coral Reef scientist among Nature’s top 10 ‘researchers who mattered’

Coral Reef scientist among Nature’s top 10 ‘researchers who mattered’

The prestigious science journal, Nature, has named Australian professor, Terry Hughes, as one of the elite list of ‘top ten people who mattered’ in the world this year, for his...

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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